Improving profitability and performance in the grazing industry
Saving Our Soils is a project partnership being delivered by the Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA) and NQ Dry Tropics. The three-year project is funded by the Australian Government’s Reef Trust in collaboration with the Queensland Government and Great Barrier Reef Marine Park Authority.
Working with graziers in the Fitzroy and Burdekin NRM regions, Saving Our Soils will foster and support improved grazing systems to increase productivity and profitability of enterprises whilst improving the quality of water discharged to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon.
NQ Dry Tropics will work with 10 graziers from the priority sub-catchments of the Bowen Broken Bogie and Upper Burdekin, to benchmark grazing businesses as they make decisions and undertake improved or innovative grazing practices. Grazing business action plans will underpin investment strategies, group training will increase skills and knowledge of participants , industry mentorships will reinforce business change decisions and showcase events will foster a widespread adoption of grazing practice change.
Across the three-year project, Saving Our Soils in the Burdekin will support:
- 10 graziers, managing 175,000 ha of land, to undertake planning and implement production system changes to improve their economic, social and environmental performance;
- the development of recognised pathways for grazing business improvement, that reduce sediment runoff and improve profitability and performance. Improved grazing practices will reduce sediment loss to the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon by an estimated 22,000 tonnes;
- an improvement in social indicators, measured through a social survey, that identifies participating graziers’ attitudes, resilience and change acceptance when adopting new business opportunities and grazing practices;
- through following the journey of the 10 properties, other Burdekin graziers will be more aware of alternative grazing practices,
- improved management practices across an additional 300,000 hectares of grazing land, as a result of influence by 10 participating graziers; and
- four participating grazing businesses to showcase their achievements at a total of four field days, attended by an estimated 250 Burdekin graziers.