BMP wel­comed by top Aussie gra­ziers

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Penjobe Pastoral -

MORE than 2000 Queens­land cat­tle pro­duc­ers man­ag­ing more than 28 mil­lion hectares of land have now adopted the Graz­ing Best Man­age­ment Prac­tices (BMP) pro­gram to boost their bud­get bot­tom line and show­case their en­vi­ron­men­tal cre­den­tials.

AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley re­vealed the sta­tis­tics along with a new video fea­tur­ing Queens­land cat­tle pro­duc­ers Philip and Lach­lan Hughes de­scrib­ing how Graz­ing BMP had ben­e­fited their pad­dock to plate beef busi­ness.

“Graz­ing BMP is a health check for your busi­ness. It al­lows pri­mary pro­duc­ers to bench­mark them­selves against the best in­dus­try stan­dards us­ing the best avail­able science,” Mr Maud­s­ley said.

“The pro­gram is de­signed to as­sist pro­duc­ers to im­prove their long-term pro­duc­tiv­ity, prof­itabil­ity and sus­tain­abil­ity in the ar­eas of graz­ing land man­age­ment, soil health, an­i­mal health and wel­fare, an­i­mal pro­duc­tion, and peo­ple and busi­ness.

“It’s good for your land, it’s good for your busi­ness, and it’s good for the en­vi­ron­ment.”

Mr Maud­s­ley said his own prop­erty near Mitchell had re­cently be­come Graz­ing BMP ac­cred­ited, which had par­tic­u­larly helped him with drought plan­ning and work­place health and safety record keep­ing.

“Too of­ten how we farm is be­ing dic­tated by oth­ers, when we would much rather use a vol­un­tary sys­tem that works for us with Graz­ing BMP al­low­ing us to do just that,” he said.

“Graz­ing BMP is par­tic­u­larly worth­while for cat­tle pro­duc­ers liv­ing near Great Bar­rier Reef catch­ments as it is a way of demon­strat­ing how we are play­ing our part in im­prov­ing water qual­ity for the Reef.

“With many gra­ziers al­ready op­er­at­ing at best prac­tice, Graz­ing BMP pro­vides them an op­por­tu­nity to show this to the world and to be proud of their com­mit­ment to sus­tain­abil­ity.

“It is fan­tas­tic to see in­dus­try lead­ers like the Hughes fam­ily get­ting be­hind Graz­ing BMP.”

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