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We're very excited to showcase the first video in a series of nine short YouTube clips that feature some of our industry leaders talking about their grazing businesses. Last Monday, Minister for Agriculture and Fisheries Bill Byrne launched the first video Growing grass for good ground cover (which you can view below). The production of these videos was supported by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and managed by DAF's FutureBeef team. 

Congratulations to one of our Northern Territory FutureBeef colleagues, Sally Leigo - Principal Research Leader of the Precision Pastoral Management Tools project. Sally was awarded the Chief Minister's Medal at the Northern Territory Government Awards for Excellence in the Public Sector. Well done Sal!

Thanks for your continued support throughout this year. We hope that you've enjoyed receiving these updates. We value and welcome your feedback and suggestions. You can contact us via email, call us on 13 25 23 (for the cost of a local call in Queensland) or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter. We'd love to hear from you...

From all of us in the FutureBeef team, we wish you a safe and merry Christmas.

Happy reading!


Growing grass for good ground cover

In this short video (3:43 min), Richard and Amy Holcombe share their experiences of growing grass for good ground cover on their property in Moura, Queensland. Visit Grazing land management on the FutureBeef website to learn more about other key principles of good grazing land management.


Grazing BMP ticks boxes

The business of grazing is tough. Beef producers manage their land, animals and businesses at the mercy of a supply and demand industry. Consumers want to know that their beef has been produced in a sustainable and ethical way. Find out how the Grazing BMP program helps producers show they are environmentally and ethically accountable while managing their properties as profitable businesses for healthy family lifestyles.

Carbon Link roadshow to shed light on soil carbon projects

Are you interested in the Carbon Farming Initiative? The Carbon Link roadshow is coming to a location near you in December. You already know that good grazing management increases soil organic carbon along with increased pasture and animal production, greater water-holding capacity and increased drought resilience. Here's another reason to manage grazing for soil carbon. 

BIG northern beef business improvements

Northern beef businesses in WA have received support from the Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) to undertake business improvements to better meet export and domestic specifications and demand for WA beef and live cattle. Nearly half of eligible beef production businesses in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions have taken up the department’s Northern Beef Futures (NBF) Business Improvement Grants (BIG) – an incentive of up to $25 000 to connect beef enterprises with business advice and mentoring to improve their competitiveness. Here's an update on recent activities.

$11.8 million to be invested in WA's agrifood sector

The Department of Agriculture and Food, WA is pleased to advise two grant schemes will open on 5 December 2016, to grow WA’s agrifood sector. The grants form part of the Agriculture Sciences R&D Fund, managed by the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, with Royalties for Regions investment. Further information and eligibility criteria available here.

Mosaic agriculture working to expand beef production in WA's northern rangelands

The Department of Agriculture and Food Western Australia’s Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project’s mosaic agriculture development team of research officers have been busy over recent months sampling irrigated fodder trials in the Pilbara and Kimberley regions. The mosaic agriculture research is aimed at providing evidence on the weed-risk potential of forage species to enable a greater range of species to be grown on WA pastoral leases while also quantifying the production potential and feed quality for a range of forage options. These trials include both dryland and irrigated improved pastures and fodder crops which have the potential to broaden the feed-base of rangeland grazing systems. Here's some more about the project.

Strengthening your role in farm debt mediation

Debt can factor as a large component on a farming business balance sheet. When a farming business is unable to meet their obligations to their lender, the farm debt mediation process begins. Join Denis McMahon, Senior Lawyer - Farm and Rural Legal Service, for a webinar on Friday 9 December to discuss what debt mediation is and your rights, what your lender can and can't do, timeframes and levels of assistance - who can help/ costs etc and finally changes proposed in the new Farm Business Debt Mediation Bill.

Brushing up on Workplace Health and Safety and the Biosecurity Act

A series of Workplace Health and Safety and Biosecurity Act update workshops were held in the Burdekin region recently. Local producers had the opportunity to hear about legislation, duties and responsibilities and safety management systems in beef businesses. Read more about the workshops here.

Upcoming events

Breeding EDGE Ayr, 6 - 8 December
Nutrition EDGE Roma, 6 - 8 December
Soil carbon trading roadshow Blackwater, 6 December 
Biloela, 7 December
Miles, 8 December
Goondiwindi, 9 December
Property mapping workshop Gympie, 7 December
Healthy soils symposium 2016 Walkerston, 7 December 
Healthy soils workshop Walkerston, 8 December
Strengthening your role in farm debt mediation Webinar, 9 December
Grazing BMP workshop Rockhampton, 10 - 12 December
Weed control field day Charleville, 14 December
Food, Fibre and Agricultural Educators Conference 2017 Brisbane, 9 - 12 January 2017
Grazing fundamentals Chinchilla, 3 February 2017
Dalby, 7 February 2017
Winton,  21 February 2017
Longreach, 22 February 2017
Business EDGE  Brisbane, 16 - 17 February 2017
Lake Nash Station NT, 23 - 24 February 2017
Blackall, 27 - 28 February 2017
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