South Queensland

Chairman

Andrew Gray
A-Bar-Dot Genetics
“Uambi”
TEXAS QLD 4385
Phone: 07 4653 1424
Mobile: 0428 531 424
Fax: 07 46 531 665
Email: abardotgenetics@activ8.net.au

Secretary

Roger Sneath
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 102, TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
Phone: 07 4688 1244

Email: roger.sneath@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – South Queensland

1. Improving pasture productivity and management

  • Grazing land / pasture management
  • Decline in resource base
  • Soil fertility
  • Pasture growth & composition
  • Grazing land management
  • Productive paddocks (pasture, crop, legumes, Leucaena?)
  • Understand ecosystem
  • Best practices adopted – pasture management, grazing management
  • Animal performance on natural & improved pasture in SQLD
  • Improved species – oats/barley, sorghum, pastures (grass, legumes)
  • Longevity of legumes in grazing pastures
  • Clover / medic winter herbage. Options for bloat control.
  • Change temperature control for medic to germinate early
  • Higher nutritional pastures
  • Pasture / forage rundown & management
  • Pasture run down options for regeneration
  • Stock grazing recording
  • Total grazing pressure – stocking rates & kangaroos, goats
  • Fence technology to control total grazing pressure
  • Feed (grain) supply

2. Image of Agriculture

  • Perceptions – better relationships between city and country
  • Grazier perception – not rapists’ of land but producers of food
  • Case study / success stories on sustainable production
  • Animal welfare practices need to be acceptable to wider community
  • Minimising effects of government carbon emission policy on industry
  • South versus north in NABRC
  • Impacts of industries eg mining
  • National communities understanding of agriculture
  • Communication of what we do (NABRC & SQRBRC)

3. Marketing

  • Enhancing new and existing markets
  • Enhancing beef’s nutritional qualities
  • Improving meat quality
  • Social based marketing of our meat
  • Having counter marketing plans (to adverse information)

4. Reproduction and genetics

  • Sire trace bulls in extensive beef operations to assess genetic performance
  • Genetic evaluation of breeds other than Angus/Hereford/Brahman for various traits
  • Causes & control of calf loss from PTIC to weaning in southern QLD
  • DNA marker for spiral deviation in bulls
  • Breed cattle resistant to buffalo fly

5. Adapting to climate change

  • Climate change – understanding, adaptation, mitigation
  • Sequestration
  • Grass / tree balance
  • The mix of shrub-tree in productive grazing land

6. Extension & adoption

  • Efficient human capacity building
  • Better availability of information & trials of new technology to industry

6. Remote technology (labour saving)

  • Capturing technology for our benefit (eg observant)
  • Radio technology & cameras & night

7. Develop an understanding of our area – numbers, production, demographics.

  • Target ‘300’ – improve efficiency of production
NABRC - Design and Implementation by Bernard Zajac