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New Innovations – Accelerating Pastoral Zone Innovation

Pastoral producers are looking for savvier ways to make life and work easier, more efficient, and more productive. This year Bestprac and Australian Wool Innovation are profiling innovations from Australian pastoral properties to help you find...

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Making the RIGHT decisions to survive the dry

AgriHort Communications

Far west New South Wales has once again been plagued with a short to medium term weather forecast that predicts no rain for at least the next four months. Therefore, pastoralists now must make some serious business...

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Leading Sheep QLD Webinar recordings available

Leading Sheep QLD regularly run webinars on subjects for Pastoral Zone wool producers. These recordings are available by following our links below.

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Managing climate variability

AWI's Beyond the Bale September 2013 edition

Young Climate Champion woolgrower James Walker from Queensland has modified his production practices in response to climatic and seasonal variability. James has provided more watering points for his...

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Total Grazing Pressure

by Liz GuerinThe contribution of non-domestic grazing pressure to pastoral areas of western NSW has been reported to increase grazing intensity by at least 50%. So, if you are a good manager and making stocking decisions to conserve feed, this...

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Draft National Wild Dog Action Plan nearing release

By Liz GuerinIn August of this year, the draft National Wild Dog Action Plan will be released for public consultation, after six months of project work initiated by WoolProducers Australia. 

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Participants ‘look beyond the horizon’ at the Hawker Forum

By Pene Keynes

After a long period of dry, rain on the roof was a welcome sound at the joint Natural Resources Arid Lands and Bestprac forum, ‘Looking beyond the Horizon’ in Hawker on May 31. 

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Sourcing and utilising climate information for your business

By Pene Keynes  

Climate is one area that businesses are looking for more information on when making 'on the ground decisions.' Melissa Rebbeck and Susan Carn at the Hawker 'Looking Beyond the Horizon' forum were successful in providing some...

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Remote Monitoring and Mapping

By Pene Keynes   At the Hawker 'Looking beyond the Horizion forum, Mike Digby, from the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group, demonstrated how spatial information systems, a technology widely used in the military, has been employed to...

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Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™

By Pene Keynes   Ecosystem Management Understanding (EMU)™ was discussed at the Hawker 'Looking Beyond the Horizon Forum.' Janet Walton, a Natural Resources Management Officer with Natural Resources SA Arid Lands, has been enhancing the...

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Community Wild Dog Control applications open

Australian Wool Innovation

Applications are now being sought for the next Wild Dog Control program from Australian Wool Innovation (AWI).Stage one achieved control methods across 1.3 million square kilometres of country in every mainland state...

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Fighting Feral Pigs

Meat and Livestock Australia

Researchers suggest populations of feral pigs can triple each year during good seasons if not controlled.

Increasing feral pig populations threaten Australia’s agricultural viability, biosecurity and environment,...

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Climate Kelpie

What's Climate Kelpie?

Climate Kelpie is for Australian farmers and their advisors. It connects you to tools and information about climate to help you make decisions about your farm business.

Farmer case studies - Folow this link to read about...


Standard Operating Procedures for foxes and feral cats

Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) discuss animal welfare impacts for target and non-target species and describe control techniques and their application, as well as covering health and safety aspects.

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The “Why” of Planned Grazing

by Angus Whyte

Below are some examples of the type of questions people are asking when they are faced with a shift to a planned grazing system?

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Celebrating Diversity: People, Place and Purpose

Report on Australian Rangelands Conference at Kununurra, Western Australia September 23-27, 2012 Kevin Ingram

This was a truly applicable theme for the 17th Biennial Australian Rangelands Society Conference held at the Kununurra Leisure Centre,...

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Kununurra ARS Conference Report

By Angus Whyte

I flew into Darwin very early on Saturday (22nd) morning, spent a few hours going around the Parap markets and getting some supplies for the trip to Kununurra (850km). I had to wait as Annabel Walsh and Becky Kossler flew in to...

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PestSmart Factsheet: Fumigation for rabbit control

Fumigation is a valuable tool in successful rabbit management programs. It is an effective follow-up technique to poison baiting and warren ripping, and is a particularly useful control method in areas where other techniques cannot be used (eg...

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Providing a diversity of management to achieve a greater plant diversity

Paper submitted at the Rangelands Conference 2012

By Angus Whyte, Landholder Wyndham Station Wentworth NSW and Peter Jessop Rangeland Scientist DPI Dareton NSW

A bit of background and explanation of where we live, Wyndham is a 12,500ha...

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Rethink required for weed control – a serious threat

Mick Alexander Pre 1990, our farming systems included a program of ploughing, scarifying and cultivating multiple times before planting a crop. This methodology had its drawback including loss of carbon, often serious erosion and loss of...

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AgriLife research: Multi-paddock grazing is superior to continuous grazing

Mick Alexander The most recent long-term study in Texas, USA, has verified the importance of rotational grazing for improving ecosystem health. Texas AgriLife Research scientists agree that multi-paddock grazing improves vegetation, soil...

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South Australian Murray Darling Basin Soil Reclamation Project

Andrew Graham, Productive Nutrition. Wind and water erosion are major factors that contribute to the loss of soil in the South Australia Murray Darling Basin (SA MDB) rangelands, particularly where ground cover has been eroded from drought or...

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Carbon Farming in the Rangelands – What does it mean for the landholder?

By Jane Garrett

The WA Group ran it’s Climate Change Workshop at Hamelin Station on 18th and 19th May with session leader David Galloway from Ferart Design & Northwest Carbon.

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Media release: National website pinpoints pest animals

You can now go online www.feralscan.org.au to map where wild dogs, feral goats and starlings occur anywhere across Australia, to record sightings, damage and control activities to help manage these pests.

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EMU™ takes flight in the Rangelands

By Liz Guerin EMU™ numbers are taking off in the arid lands of South Australia – and according to Coober Pedy based NRM officer, Janet Walton, this is a good thing! We are of course referring to the number of pastoral properties...

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Water Technology Day: Narromine, 13 December 2011

By Mark Gardner On the 13th December some 32 producers and industry people gathered to look at and discuss new water monitoring technology and to see some in action on Mike and Meg Bennett’s property “Kirkton” Narromine, some 45 km west of...

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NSW Version of Climate Dogs – Released

The Climate Smart Agriculture Team have released the NSW version of the Climate Dogs.

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Managing a Variable Climate - On-Farm Strategies

During 2009 and 2010 Bestprac has been delivering a FarmReady Industry Grant Project; “Implementing new practices to manage climate change variability in the Australian Pastoral Zone”.

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Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual

Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual - order now

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Bestprac Current Project

Implementing new practices to manage climate change variability in the Australian pastoral zone

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Cooperation and Connections Key to Rangelands Sustainability

By Liz Guerin Passionate about sustainability, Ben is the Production and Environmental Manager of his family’s 513 000 hectare

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Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre

The Invasive Animal Cooperative Research Centre: Australia’s largest integrated invasive animal research program.

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Feral.org.au

This website and database contains information on vertebrate pest animal species in Australia and New Zealand. Browse the site for general information or use the search function for more specific results. >> www.feral.org.au


Enterprise Based Conservation

By Liz Guerin For most producers, knowing that they are looking after their land well is it’s own reward.

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Climate Control

by Liz Guerin

Anyone who works on the land will tell you that they are at the mercy of climate.

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Futurewise - weather tool

Developed by Grain Growers Limited’s Commercial Services Division, and “It provides rural landholders and other industry stakeholders with information about Australia’s climatic history, current season conditions and long term climate...

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Invasive Animals CRC Tools to manage the (In)Famous Four

By Liz Guerin Over the last seven years the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre (IACRC) has developed more than twelve new species-targeted, humane and environmentally friendly tools for the management of invasive animal species such...

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Moving Beyond Reasonable Drought

By John Squires Doug and Wendy Avery of Bonavaree Farm Co Ltd in Marlborough, New Zealand, visited Australia in August to present information at the National Bestprac Forum which was held in Hawker.

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South West Climate Change Forum, Victoria

The Forum was a unique group of primary industry and planning groups formed in 2007 to help south-west Victoria’s primary producers adapt and prepare for changes in climate and climate variability.

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The Changing Climate

Impacts and adaptation options for South Australian primary producers Elliot Dwyer – Primary Industries and Resources SA Elizabeth Gunner and Karen Shepherd – Rural Solutions SA

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Tools and Resources for Managing Climate Change

Presentation by Tom Wiley at the Climate Forum WA 2010

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Grow Algae: Mitigate Greenhouse Emissions and Produce Food for your Livestock

Helen Scott, Founder CO2 Algae Presentation at Climate Forum WA, May 2010

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Tapping Your Carbon Well

Mark Alchin, Industry Development – Pastoral, Department of Agriculture and Food Presentation at the Climate Forum, WA, May 2010

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Management Systems on Three Rivers Station

Presentation by Ben Forsyth at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Ecosystem Management Understanding in Arid Lands

Presentation by Janet Walton at the Bestprac National Forum 2011

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Electronic Resources to Understand Climate

Presentation by Susan Carn to the Bestprac National Forum, August 2011

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Blinman/Hawker Bestprac Group Report

By John Squires, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

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Dubbo Forum report: managing in a variable climate

By Mark Gardner

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Decline in Plant Poisonings in Western NSW

By Greg Curran Regional Veterinary Officer NSW Dept Industry & Investment

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Capitalise on a ‘Carbon Based Economy’

Climate Change in Western Australia: Positioning Your Industry to Capitalise on a ‘Carbon Based Economy’ By Jane Garrett  

 

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Climate Change Forum WA 2010

Held 10 May 2010, Monkey Mia, WA

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Innovation Corner - getting around a wet paddock

Stuart Mitchell, PAP Chairperson, submitted another innovation this month - for those of you with wet paddocks!

 

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Breathing Underwater: Climate Change Mitigation Policy and WA Land Use

Charles Crouch, Principal Economist, DEC Office of Climate Change Presentation at Climate Forum WA, May 2010

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Climate Variability and Change in the Rangelands of WA

Ian Foster, Research Officer, Department of Agriculture and Food

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Climate Change in the Australian Pastoral Zone

- the impacts, issues and tools available

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WA Innovation Road Trip to Cheela Plains

Jane Garrett, WA Bestprac Group Facilitator

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SA Road Trip Report - 2009

 

Chelsea Muster (Rural Directions Pty Ltd)

Cell grazing, planting saltbush, meat sheep, organics, hinge joint fencing and much, much more

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Churinga's Rangeland Conservation Program

By Trudie Atkinson, NSW DPI, Trangie and Sally Ware,NSW DPI, Hay

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Lag v Lead Indicators

 

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd Which are you using, LEAD or LAG indicators?

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Water Management Is Important Too!

 By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd A recent workshop held at North Well Station, in the North East, has highlighted the importance of water budgeting and analysis of water quality to pastoralists.

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