Workshop shares tips for managing region’s grazing
PRODUCERS from across the North Burnett and adjoining regions met last week for a workshop on managing a grazing enterprise, particularly in the aftermath of the recent floods.
The focus for the day was on soil health and rehabilitation, sown pastures rundown and recovery, as well as pasture and weed identification and management, following a very wet summer.
Industry development officer with Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry Damien O’Sullivan held sessions on key indicator grass species identification and explained results from a central Queensland study on pasture rundown due to nitrogen depletion.
He said introducing a legume in a pasture was the most cost effective way to reduce pasture rundown and provide production levels close to the performance of a newly planted pasture.
The key legumes identified in a trial worked for the heavy black and brown clay soils associated with brigalow and scrub land types were leucaena, caatinga stylo and desmanthus.
“The pastures of the North Burnett are generally in very good shape after the run of good seasons but there have been many uncommon species which have become more prominent, particularly after the last flood event,” Mr O’Sullivan said.
Among these were introduced grasses such as angleton grass and thatch grass.
North Burnett Regional Council lands protection officer Billie-Jean Jacobs said infestations needed to be controlled. A field trip to the Eidsvold Station Bridge area on the Burnett River highlighted the issues of stream bank erosion and weed infestations post-flood.
“Of particular concern was the prevalence of parthenium weed,” Ms Jacobs said.
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