BBB graziers have many
opportunities for training

THE list of training opportunities available to landholders in the Bowen, Broken, Bogie catchment area through the Landholders Driving Change project is extensive.

And, even if the training you’re after is not listed, the LDC team is very happy to investigate any suggestion and to tailor training to suit each property’s unique needs.

There is no limit to the amount of training each grazier or landholder in the BBB can access during the three-year life of the LDC project.

Funding for the training is also available through the project. All you have to do is ask.

Some of the courses likely to be available include:

  • Bull selection
    Practical bull selection using Estimated Breeding Values and other objective measures.
  • MLA EDGENetwork courses.
    Delivered by MLA, industry and DAF staff. Courses include Breeding EDGE, Business EDGE, Grazing Land Management EDGE and Nutrition EDGE.
  • Resource Consulting Services courses.
    Courses include Grazing for Profit, Business of Grazing, Pasture to Pocket, Grazing Clinic, Healthy Soils.
  • Holistic Management
    With Brian Wehlburg or Dick Richardson
  • KLR Marketing
    Learn to calculate whether animals are over-priced or under-priced; Balance your Grass, Money and Livestock and many more.
  • Rural Leaders Boot Camp
    Three-day course delivered by The Right Mind
  • Artificial insemination
  • Biosecurity
    Develop a biosecurity plan to suit your property.
  • Breedcow Dynama
    Comprehensive analysis of herd structure and performance, assessing different options for marketing and herd dynamics.

Contact any LDC team member (see The Grit, Page 4) to register your interest, or to discuss your idea for a training opportunity that would benefit your property.


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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KEQ #4

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.

KEQ #3

*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.

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.

KEQ #2

*GLMWW = Grazing Land Management Wire and Water

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