Tropical Grasslands (2007) Volume 41, 216–219

Pasture management — an extension view


Condamine Alliance, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia


Maintaining quality pastures in extremely dry seasons is very difficult. The Darling Downs of south-east Queensland has been subject to below average rainfall for several years and most pasture paddocks have been reduced to low yields of undesirable species. Land condition surveys done in 2006 and 2007 have shown only 10% of the 1.2 Mha of pasture land in the catchment was in good condition.
Land ownership on the Downs has changed over recent years, with widespread property subdivisions making property size too small for commercial production. Many of the new land owners have had very little experience in managing pastures or animals so Condamine Alliance, through 7 Landcare coordinators on the Downs, has opted to run educational programs for Darling Downs graziers. The aim is to reduce pasture land degradation and increase long-term productivity. Over 500 land holders have participated in specially tailored grazing workshops over the last 2 years.

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