BBB Grazier Support – Integrated delivery for 2019

Supporting a culture of stewardship that enables land managers to be effective custodians of the land

BBB suite of opportunities

THE LDC team has put together a suite of training opportunities that could be useful for graziers in the BBB.

Click HERE for more information.

If you’re interested in a particular area of training and it doesn’t appear here, please contact the LDC team.

PROPERTY

PLANNING

Feb – Dec

Mapping workshops and one-one-one training continues to roll out across the BBB (eg Phoenix and Farm 4D).

Mar – Dec

Soil testing across the BBB,  supported by DAF.

Jun – Dec

Whole of property planning training workshops and one-on-one training to roll out across the BBB, supported by LDC partners.

 

 

 

MANAGING

GRASS

21 Mar

Taking Stock – Managing Pastures and Productivity Day at Weetalaba Campdraft Grounds.

Mar-December

Forage budgets to roll out across the BBB, supported by RCS and DAF. Includes photo monitoring sites.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ANIMAL

PRODUCTION

Mar-Dec

Assessing pasture diet quality with Faecel Near Infrared Spectroscopy (NIRS) testing.

Mid-May

Herd Performance and Productivity workshop.

May-Nov

Two Breeder Management Days with Dr Ian Braithwaite.

May-Sep

Preg-testing to roll out across the BBB.

May-Nov

Herd growth modelling to roll out across the BBB.

FINANCIAL

MANAGEMENT

21 Mar

Taking Stock – Pastures and Productivity day at Weetalaba (finance component).

Mid-May

Herd Performance and Productivity workshop (finance component).

Jun-Dec

Finance workshops (various topics).

 

 

 

 

 

PEOPLE (HUMAN
DIMENSION)

Jun-Dec

Workshops focused on managing and understanding people, behaviours and communications.

Opportunity for graziers to undertake a personal development and leadership program supported by LDC’s Governance and Delivery program from April.

Register your interest for the 2020 Leadership Program

 

 

 

 

 

 

The LDC project has engaged with 75 per cent of graziers in the BBB catchment.

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KEQ #1

Figure 1. Total fine sediment reduction by project type and erosion source. Inset shows the proportion of the total project area for each project type.

These estimates have been calculated using two methods: 

1) The pollutant reduction component of the Alluvium/Great Barrier Reef Foundation (GBRF) investment tool for hillslope and streambank erosion management projects; 

2) The Reef Trust Gully Toolbox method for gully erosion management projects. The LDC Water Quality Report 2020 (Waterhouse et al., 2020) highlights that a number of assumptions underlay these calculations, therefore these figures should be treated as the best available estimate of sediment reductions to date.

Preventing sediment from reaching the Great Barrier Reef

Each wet season sediment is washed into local waterways and out to the Great Barrier Reef (GBR). 

Most sediment is very fine, and can stay suspended for a long time and can travel great distances. Valuable topsoil is lost from production, and increased concentrations on the reef can be harmful to seagrasses and corals. 

Landholders in the BBB have completed 69 on-ground water quality practice changes, and it is estimated that these have contributed a fine sediment reduction of 6,154 tonnes per year from reaching the GBR. 

Of this, approximately half of the sediment savings are attributable to grazing land management changes on hillslopes and streambanks, and the other half as a result of gully remediation treatments across a broad range of scales, as shown in the graphs above. 

The table below also highlights the relatively small area of intervention in the gully management projects compared to the large sediment savings that these can achieve - 60 per cent of the sediment savings over only 4 per cent of the project area.

Table 1. Estimated sediment reductions (tonnes) from projects completed in the LDC Project to date.

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*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water

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*The Exploring New Incentives activity area has provided an opportunity for graziers to adopt improved land management practices through a range of activities. For some of these properties, it was the first time they signed contracts for on-ground works.

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The LDC project monitors four gully sites (represented in this table) with gold standard equipment and analysis, carried out by CSIRO.

Results have been compiled in a preliminary report from Bartley et al (2020), with the final report expected to be released by the end of 2020. The preliminary report shows all four sites have indicators of improvements, notably the Strathbogie and Mt Wickham sites.

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Reef regulations - grazing, standard conditions

  1. For land in good or fair condition (more than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), continue using measures to maintain land condition.
  2. For land in poor condition (less than 50 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition.
  3. For land in degraded condition (less than 20 per cent ground cover at 30 September), steps must be taken to improve land condition OR prevent areas from further degrading or expanding.
  4. Keep records of measures taken and also of agricultural chemicals, fertiliser and mill mud or mill ash applied to land.
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