Work­shop shares tips for man­ag­ing re­gion’s graz­ing

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

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.

De­tails 4165 3551.

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