Barkly Region - NT

Chairman

Fred Hughes
Lake Nash Station
PMB 16
MOUNT ISA Q 4825
Phone: 07 4748 4877
Email: lakenash@georginapastoral.com.au

Secretary

Casey Collier
Technical Officer – Pastoral Production
Department of Resources (DoR)
“Barkly House”
PO Box 159 TENNANT CREEK NT 0861
Phone: 08 8962 4483
Fax: 08 8962 4480
Email: casey.collier@nt.gov.au

Regional Priorities – Barkly Region

Animal Welfare

  • Develop industry legislation, to ensure industry preparedness and protection against welfare lobbyist.
  • Continuation of polled gene inheritance research
  • Promote/facilitated uptake of genetics and welfare research by industry.
  • Promote best practice guidelines for husbandry procedures (MLA guideline)

Water Resources

  • Environmental impact of current stock water supply infrastructure
  • Impact of water quality on production
  • Differences in water quality between water sources (underground vs surface)
  • Sustainability of different industries utilising Barkly water resources

Weeds

  • Rubberbush as a high priority on a regional level (difficulty in attracting funding for research)
  • Rubberbush as an invasive threat to native grasslands, impact on value of land, quality of grazing land, cost of production, and best-bet control methods.
  • Rapid change in landscape as a result of weed infestations

Marketing

  • Marketing end product to ensure sustainability of the industry in the long term
  • How to best influence consumer perception of the beef industry (marketing strategy)
  • More research on what messages will be best received by consumers (market research)
  • Promote the benefits of red meat by bringing science to the campaign
  • Move from industries title of ‘agriculture’ to ‘food and fibre production’ for better consumer perception

Herd fertility

  • Continues to be a key profit driver
  • Optimal time of year for calving for optimal herd fertility
  • Will current projects (CashCow) achieve the above outcome?
NABRC - Design and Implementation by Bernard Zajac