Tuesday 22 November 2016

99 Paterson St Tennant Creek


Barkly Grazing Land Management 2016-2017

10-11 November 2016
Location: Brunchilly Station, NT

This two day grazing land management course covered (but was not limited to):
* how to increase the better pasture plants on your property
* how to manage stocking rates and better understand carrying capacity
* how to assess and manage land condition on your property
* Anticipating and responding to variations in rainfall, land type and land condition.

There will be follow-up with participants in 2017.

Presenters: Dionne Walsh (NT) and Bob Shepherd (QLD).
Supported by TNRM under funding from the National Landcare Programme and is a joint project between Barkly Landcare and the NT DPIR. Project material from Meat and Livestock Australia.

Recent Projects

Parkinsonia Di-Bak inoculation and other land management in the Barkly Region (2016)

This project included trialing a new biocontrol for the weed Parkinsonia aculeata. Di-Bak has been developed by the University of Queensland and we expect to see results in 6 months- 2 years. BLCA also inspected extensive natural dieback of parkinsonia on Alroy Downs. Supported by TNRM with funding from the National Landcare Programme

Farming Smarter: Connecting barkly farm businesses to information in a remote landscape
1 September 2016
Newcastle Waters Station NT
The best QLD and NT grazing scientists presented their current grazing research to a group of pastoralists and other related people. Supported by the Australian Government Sustainable Agriculture Small Grants. Click here  for a snapshot of the event:

Working with Pastoral Land Managers to increase awareness and adoption of sustainable land management practices in the Barkly Tablelands Completed in the first half of 2016 on Helen Springs, Banka Banka East and Brunchilly Stations. We put weed information collected from the managers heads, from driving around (and flying over the properties) onto maps. Weed treatment was completed by a contractor and we recorded all of this with Cybertracker and PDF maps. We made simplified Weed Management Plans for future work. This project was supported by TNRM through funding from the National Landcare Programme.

The Beetaloo Intensive Rotational Grazing Pilot was a joint project between Barkly Landcare & Conservation Association, the Dunnicliff and Armstrong families of Beetaloo Station, the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, Desert Wildlife Services and the Australian Department of Agriculture and Water Resources.

The project sparked the interest of pastoralists across Australia and we thank the Dunnicliff and Armstrong families of Beetaloo for being open to share the trial results with such a wide audience. It aimed to determine whether implementing an intensive rotational grazing system in Mitchell Grass Downs pastoral country could result in increased production and profitability, and also improve land condition and biodiversity outcomes.

The field day held on 23 May 2016 was a success with 68 people from 5 states and territories in attendance. Attendees represented over 11,000,000 hectares of pastoral land, mostly from the Barkly Tablelands and Victoria River Districts of the NT. Please contact Barkly Landcare for a copy of the Biodiversity Report which is now available. The DPIR Technical report will be ready in 2017..

Newcastle Waters Grazing Workshop Sep 2016
Parkinsonia dieback along Desert Creek Alroy, September 2016
Chris Towne from Helen Springs

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