North Queensland

Chairman

Michael Lyons
“Wambiana Station”
CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820
Phone: 07 4787 6689
Mobile: 0409 893 041
Email: mmlyons@bigpond.com

Secretary

Bob Shepherd
Department of Agiculture and Fisheries
PO Box 976, CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820
Phone: 07 4761 5150
Mobile: 0467 802 430
Fax:  07 4761 5172
Email: bob.shepherd@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – North Queensland

1. Technology uptake and education

  • Incentives and constraints to management change.
  • Agricultural tertiary courses
  • Automated animal management systems
  • GPS/Virtual fencing technology
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) applications
  • Telemetry

2. Grazing and Land Management (GLM)

  • Grazing management systems.
  • Monitoring land and pasture condition (including water quality and biodiversity).
  • Woodland thickening.
  • Management of woody weeds
  • Biological weed control.
  • Management of pest animals (feral and native).
  • Development and management of improved pastures eg: stylo, Leucaena.
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity relationships to GLM
  • Role of GLM as a surrogate for biodiversity

3. Herd Productivity and Management

  • Heifer/breeder management systems.
  • Bull management.
  • Breeding and genetics to improve productivity and market suitability. (gene market research)
  • Improving nutrition of grazing animals eg: grazing systems, supplementation
  • Maximising and monitoring disease threats eg: tick fever, exotic diseases.
  • Chemical audit and strategies to reduce chemical usage.
  • Carbon (methane) emissions from livestock
  • Animal welfare

4. Financial and Business Management

  • Property livestock and financial records for business planning
  • Management accounting/taxation accounting
  • Risk management
  • Succession planning – intergenerational transfer
  • Technology to streamline property record keeping and business management

5. Markets and Marketing

  • Future markets: where, specifications
  • Further market and product development for “grass fed” export beef
  • Future of live exports; eg: Asia, North Africa
  • Marketing alliances
  • Market threats; eg competitors, alternative products, food safety
  • Transport & food miles

6. Social and Regional Community Issues

  • Carbon emissions
  • Urban awareness and education.
  • Aboriginal issues.
  • Ecotourism
  • Workplace health and safety
NABRC - Design and Implementation by Bernard Zajac