Latest news from the FutureBeef program, November 2015.
FutureBeef update

Hi <<First name>>

Welcome to the November edition of the FutureBeef update!

The latest climate outlook video (November to January) is now available from the BOM website. Very welcome rain over parts of outback Queensland has fallen, with some areas recording more than 100 mm. Here are some photos featured on the ABC news site.

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Hope you backed a Melbourne Cup winner today!

Happy reading...


Rebecca Farrell (Extension Officer, Animal Science, DAF)
41 Boggo Road Dutton Park Qld 4102 (GPO Box 267 Brisbane Qld 4001)
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Pasture pioneer calls time on remarkable career

In September, FutureBeef said goodbye to Dr Richard Silcock when he officially retired after dedicating half a century of service to the Queensland beef and sheep industries. Highlights of Richard's career.


Irrigation trials break new ground in Pilbara

Ground-breaking research in the remote eastern Pilbara region of Western Australia has kicked off with irrigated crops planted at Warrawagine Station for the first time. Read more about the challenges and achievements of the project.

Q&A for Aussie agriculture

Aussie farmers, do you have questions you'd like answered by other farmers, or think you can help someone else? Go and check out Australia's latest Q&A community designed by farmers for farmers:

Northern Beef Futures

The Northern Beef Futures project will be holding its second industry forum in Broome on 17 November and a field day at Roebuck Depot on 18 November plus Dr Ian Braithwaite will guest speaker at an Indigenous workshop also at Roebuck Depot on 18 November. Click the links for all the details!

Woody thickening reducing carrying capacity

Data from 617 sites across the Pilbara and Kimberley regions is showing woody thickening has been gradually reducing desirable pasture growth and accessibility for grazing animals over the last two decades. Read about the results.

Upcoming events

Accelerated Grazing BMP workshop Comet 4-5 November and Dingo 24-25 November.

Grazing BMP Esk 9 November, Toogoolawah 17 & 27  November, Fernvale 18 November and Beaudesert 19 November.

Grazing BMP: Path to recovery workshop Augathella 9 November, Longreach 11 November and Winton 12 November.

NLIS workshop Biloela 10 November.

AgData workshop Gin Gin 11 November, Mundubbera 12 November and Monto 13 November.

GRT grass and Class 2 weeds field day Gladstone 13 November.

TropAg2015 Brisbane 16-18 November.

WHS workshop Taroom 17 November.

Northern Beef Futures Industry Forum Broome 17 November.

Northern Beef Futures Field Day Roebuck Depot 18 November.

Indigenous cattle producers workshop Roebuck Depot 18 November.

Pasture ID and grazing management workshop Jimboomba 21 November.

LIVEXchange 2015 Darwin NT 25-26 November.

Grazing for Profit Townsville 25 November - 1 December.

Breedcow Dynama workshop Taroom 1-2 December.

Accelerated Grazing BMP workshop Moranbah 9-10 December.

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