A Queensland ‘paddock to plate’ beef business is showcasing the benefits of adopting a best management practices program to improve their productivity and demonstrate their environmental credentials to consumers.
Rangeland Quality Meats directors joined with AgForce Queensland and industry representatives to celebrate the accreditation of their central and southern Queensland grazing properties through a partnership with Grazing BMP (Best Management Practices).
Rangeland Quality Meats Director Lachlan Hughes said Grazing BMP had allowed them to examine every aspect of their business to improve their practices on the ground and deliver the best possible product for the consumer.
“Being a part of the BMP process has allowed us to have better land management and better animal management, and to understand where we fit in the supply chain,” he said.
“It’s encouraged us to measure what we’re doing and we’re using technology on farm to assist us to determine when to rotate our cattle through the paddock, predict long term carrying capacities and plan into the future.
“I see Grazing BMP as a way of getting on the front foot. Consumers are more educated and want to know where their food is coming from and I think that’s a great thing because we’re able to show them what we are doing on farm and that we do it to a very high standard.
“It provides us with an international certification that we can stand behind and it really provides evidence across industry that collectively we are doing things well.”
AgForce BMP Manager Steve Lacey said there were now more than 1800 producers across Queensland managing more than 28 million hectares of land who had adopted Grazing BMP to benchmark their business against the best industry standards using the best available science.
“In recent years, how we farm has been dictated by others, when we would much rather use a voluntary system that works for us with Grazing BMP allowing us to do just that,” he said.
“Grazing BMP is designed to assist producers to improve their long term productivity, profitability and sustainability in the areas of grazing land management, soil health, animal health and welfare, animal production, and people and business.
“It’s good for your land, it’s good for your business and it’s good for the environment.”