Getting the most out of what you have
Posted on October 23rd, 2013
Unlocking the secrets behind productive soil is vital for a resilient grazing business in any climate.
Central Queensland graziers are offered the opportunity to learn how to maintain and improve the productive health of their soil at a free field day, to be held in five locations across the region; Rolleston, Emerald, Injune, Banana and Calliope from 4 –8 November.
The field days are being run as an extension of and through Grazing BMP, an initiative of Fitzroy Basin Association, Queensland Government and AgForce in partnership with the Regional Landcare Facilitator.
Fitzroy Basin Association Grazing BMP Coordinator, Peter Long said that following a series of good wet seasons, graziers are concerned about the potential for drought; this is why it is so important to learn how to improve your soil’s health now so it is more resilient if a drought was to occur.
“Bruce Alchin, Rangeland Management Consultant, will travel to CQ to share his knowledge of innovative, cost-effective rehabilitation / grazing management solutions, focussing on soil and the effect it has on growing forage,” Mr Long said.
“Graziers will gain an understanding of the importance and function of soils in relation to grazing management.
“They will also learn how to recognize the type and properties of soils that are in their paddocks and how they relate to the grazing ecosystem.
“The health indicators of soil will be explored and a soil pit will be used to demonstrate how the different layers of soil underneath affect the productivity of the top soil.
“Other topics covered will include fertility, organic matter, water infiltration and more – including how to ‘read’ the country in relation to sustainability and productivity,” he said.
Don’t miss your opportunity to unlock your soil’s potential.
For more information on filed day locations look up the events at www.fba.org.au/calendar, RSVP is essential for catering purposes to Katrina Conway, Regional Landcare Facilitator, (07) 4999 2842 or email Katrina.Conway@fba.org.au.
If you have a soil report from your property please feel free to bring this along on the day or if you have soil concerns on your property please let us know about them when you RSVP.
Morning tea and lunch will be provided, please bring your own chair and wear sun smart clothing.