New grazing BMP expos for CQ producers

Central Queensland is gearing up for two bumper Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) Expos that will showcase innovation to producers across the region.

Grazing Best Management Practice Expos

  • 2 and 3 August 2016 – Biloela
  • 11 and 12 October 2016 – Emerald

The Expos boast a full program of guest speakers, break-out workshops, interactive displays, a discussion panel, and trade displays.

Day One keynote speakers include Dalene Wray from OBE Organic and Fiona Borello from Northern Co-operative Meat Company Ltd (NCMC). Both OBE and NCMC have adopted Grazing BMP to help promote their commitments to ethical and sustainable beef production.

Day Two speaker Graham Rees will provide insights into the Low Stress Stock Handling and the KLR Marketing Workshops.

Joy McClymont of “Off the Track Training” will be presenting her motivating views on health and fitness in the bush.

An exciting mix of workshops will be on offer over the two days, featuring topics aimed at improving profitability and effective decision making, such as:

  • Establishment of legumes
  • Property mapping
  • Utilizing tools for climate and pasture management
  • Developing a farm safety system
  • Implementing bio-security on your property
  • Maximising profit from high prices
  • Genetics and reproduction
  • Supplementation and nutrition
  • Practical soil demonstration
  • Grazing BMP reassessment

Throughout the two days, graziers will peruse numerous trade displays and network with industry service providers.

With so much on offer, participants will need to prioritise which activities will be of most value to their business.

The Expos are presented by the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, AgForce, Fitzroy Basin Association, Dawson Catchment Coordinating Association, and Central Highlands Region Resources Use Planning Cooperative.

“Grazing BMP was pioneered by producers in the Fitzroy in late 2010. Those innovators made a commitment to operating sustainable, ethical and profitable beef businesses,” DAF Future Beef extension officer Jo Gangemi said.

“The Central Queensland grazing industry is always on a quest for continuous improvement, and these Expos will connect graziers with business, individuals, systems and products that can assist.”


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