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Old bores have something to say

Beef Central, 26/09/2011

A century-old stock water bore located on Alexandria Station on the Barkly Tableland east of Tennant Creek is being studied to help improve animal productivity, environmental sustainability and economic performance on northern cattle properties.

At a field day held last month attended by local property managers and head stockmen from across the Barkly Region, Casey Collier and Dionne Walsh from the Northern Territory Department of Resources (DoR) presented the results of the first phase of a multi-year trial.

“We are studying three bores of different ages to evaluate the economic performance of various stocking rates and spelling practises around them,” explained Dr Walsh.

“It is clear that the major benefit of these environmentally sustainable land practises is improved animal productivity and all the economic benefits that flow from that.”

The initial results of the trial are encouraging and point to increased productivity and better profit margins as well as having benefits for the management and sustainable use of the land.

The trial is an initiative of the Northern Grazing Systems project which is a collaborative effort between DoR, Queensland and Australian Governments, Meat & Livestock Australia and the CSIRO.

A booklet containing details of the project is available through the offices of the Department of Resources. Click here for details

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