Livestock

Breeder herd management property tours

Two innovative cattle breeding producers in north Queensland are opening their doors to producers in central Queensland to showcase their management strategies and success stories.

The Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries has teamed up with Robert and Donna Rea, who run the ‘Lisgar’ droughtmaster stud in Gumlu, and Steve and Dell Norman from ‘Mt Aberdeen’ in Bowen to offer tours to these properties on 9 May 2017 and 10 May 2017.

During the property tours, producers will have the opportunity to participate in discussions on improving productivity, profitability, and sustainability in breeder herds, land management, supplementation, and genetic selection.

Retiring Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Beef Extension Officer Alan Laing has worked with the Reas and the Normans for many years and will be facilitating the discussions, with input from the property owners.

The tours are being organised as part of the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program which encourages producers to improve their business performance and demonstrate good environmental stewardship.

Graziers from central Queensland are invited to express their interest by contacting Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Beef Extension Officer on (07) 4983 7495 by Monday 1 May 2017.

The tour will be leaving Emerald, Rockhampton, and Biloela on 8 May 2017. Travel can be arranged with the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, or in your own vehicle.

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