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Farmer feedback sought on hunting coordination

It may come as no surprise to both farmers and hunters that better coordination of on-farm hunting activities is required.This is one of the preliminary findings of the Australian Hunter and Landowner Survey, currently open to farmers and hunters...

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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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Young Leadership in the Pastoral Zone

Katie Fisher, AgriHort CommunicationsQueensland producer Robert Brown knows only too well how important it is to stay proactive, optimistic and information hungry – even when times are tough and a drought seems never ending.

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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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Wool Meets the Market

By Katie Fisher from Agrihort Communications

Meeting the growing trend of a casually-dressed society, the demands of emerging consumer markets in China and the long-time absent market in Russia are the key objectives for wool marketing in...

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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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Wild dogs may eliminate Pastoral zone sheep production within 40 years

Australian Wool Innovation LtdWithout a substantial and co-ordinated effort, wild dogs may eliminate the sheep industry from entire pastoral zone of Australia within 30-40 years.The extent of the wild dog expansion across Australia is outlined in...

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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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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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Update and what's still to be done on Operation Biteback

By Pene KeynesControlling dogs in the pastoral zone is vital for the future of the wool industry in this zone. Currently, a lot of funding and energy is being put into tackling this issue, through the ongoing operations of the ‘Bite Back’...

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Drone Technology Potential in Agriculture Creating a Buzz

By Liz Guerin

Look up in the it a bird? Is it a plane? No... it may be a drone, or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV).

Long used for military purposes, several Australian companies are using drones for real estate and mining purposes and,...

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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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By Liz GuerinTelemetry is a technology that allows data measurements to be made from a distance. In the pastoral sector it is used mainly for monitoring and control of stock water including tank monitoring or pump control, monitoring pipelines,...

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Young Woolgrower's Passion for Technology

From Beyond the Bale

Young woolgrower Dan Korff uses the latest on-farm technology to provide productivity efficiencies on the property he manages, ‘Avington’ in central Victoria. Dan loves the wool industry and is passionate about encouraging...

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Attracting and retaining staff

From Beyond the Bale

With many rural-based businesses adjusting to greater competition for skilled labour and the continued migration of people to urban centres, a recent study has highlighted the important role that employers play in attracting...

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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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Ag Apps that work!

Over 130 smartphone Apps have been listed and road-tested in a ‘Smartphone Apps for Farmers’ compendium. The free PDF booklet is available from the SA Ag Excellence Alliance website. Check it out here

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...

The Good Oil on Guardians– Protecting your Livestock Investment

by Liz Guerin Dogs are said to be ‘man’s best friend’ but with wild dogs costing Queensland alone an estimated $67 million per year in livestock losses, disease spread and control, many pastoralists are looking for a new ‘best friend’ as a...

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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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Key tool released to boost rangeland goat production

The Australian goatmeat industry has experienced strong growth, over the past 20 years, with over 1.5 million goats processed annually. This growth has been largely supported by the sale of goats sourced from the rangelands which accounts for...

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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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Cyromazine (eg Vetrazin) Resistant Flies - Bring out your Maggots!


Early in 2011 a sample of blowfly larvae collected from struck ewe lambs on a Nimmitabel property were submitted to NSW DPI (Elizabeth Macarthur Agricultural Institute) as a possible cyromazine1 breakdown. Wether...

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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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Telecommunications anywhere, anytime

by Liz Guerin Being able to communicate is a vital part of society and now Australian researchers from Flinders University, Adelaide, are working to ensure everyone has access to telecommunications.

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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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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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Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual

Australian Pastoral Property Innovation Manual - order now

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Rangeland Renewal - 2011 National Bestprac Forum

Forum Presentations available to review

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Pestsmart Thinking In Practical Pest Animal Management

Invasive Animal CRC launches PestSmart toolkits.

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Roadshow to Rehydrate Queensland

By Mick Alexander, Grazing BestPrac

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‘Bore-ing’ Chores made simpler with Telemetry

By Liz Guerin

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Blinman/Hawker Bestprac Group Report

By John Squires, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

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Want to get more out of your saltbush?

Lauren Costin, Productive Nutrition Productive Nutrition are independent agricultural consultants based in South Australia and are using their experience and expertise in livestock nutrition to investigate saltbush and its value to livestock...

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WILD DOGS – Successful Strategies for Control

By Liz Guerin Wild dogs do unquestionable damage to sheep flocks and in many instances have been the primary factor contributing to producers moving out of sheep industries.  

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Dubbo Forum report: managing in a variable climate

By Mark Gardner

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Wild Dog Control

Feral dogs maim and kill sheep, AWI has two major projects in wild dog control.

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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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Putting it together at “Etiwanda”

Mark Gardner, Vanguard Business Services, NSW On 2 and 3 July 2009 a dozen people undertook a car convoy trip from Coonamble to Cobar and Nyngan as part of the Innovations project.

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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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Innovation Corner - Bore Pulling Winch

By Brian and Margie Rowe, Carrieton Bestprac Group

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Responsive Grazing Management Tool Now Available for South Australia

By Chelsea Muster, Rural Directions Pty Ltd

Three years in the making, and here it is! South Australian Pastoral producers now have a set of responsive grazing management tools that are specifically designed for South Australian land systems.

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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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