FutureBeef will host two informative webinars on northern grazing lands management topics in the next fortnight.
The first, focussing on the topic of comparing the growth of cattle under intensive rotational and continuous grazing systems, will be held on 15 June from 12.30pm (AEST)
Intensive rotational grazing is one grazing strategy that has become more popular in recent years, but there is not a lot of objective data for northern cattle producers to consider when deciding whether to change from their usual practices.
In this webinar presentation, Tim Schatz, Principal Livestock Research Officer with the Northern Territory Department of Industry will discuss the results of a nine-year study focusing on the performance of cattle grazing buffel grass in the Douglas Daly region, comparing cattle performance under either high-intensity rotational grazing or continuous grazing systems.
The second webinar on 21 June from 12.30pm is titled Cattle, grass and trees: combinations, pitfalls and opportunities.
While the native forest timber industry is a relatively minor industry in northern Australia in both an economic and geographic context, it is none-the-less an important industry in some regions.
More than 60pc of the hardwood timber supply in Queensland is sourced from private native forests and most of that comes from properties where beef production is the primary enterprise and owned by landholders who see themselves as graziers, and not foresters. At the same time emerging carbon markets are looking to make use of native forest regrowth on extensive beef properties, potentially competing with the beef enterprise itself, or the associated hardwood industry.
Presenter Bill Schulke, Forestry Extension Officer with Private Forestry Service Queensland will discuss:
- the combinations of cattle, grass and trees;
- both the positive and negative interactions of trees in a grazing landscape;
- some of the opportunities and pitfalls of the integrated management of a mixed beef and timber enterprise; and
- a process for assessing the economic potential for a silvo-pastoral industry.
The webinars are presented by Beef Connect, a collaboration between FutureBeef and Beef Central.