Grazing land condition framework


 This month we welcome Eloise Moir to the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries extension team. Eloise, who is based in Biloela, has expertise in Grazing best management practice and is looking forward to working in the Fitzroy Basin region.

The AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship program supports the next generation of agricultural leaders. Information is available from Applications close Friday 23 February 2018.

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Grazing land condition framework

In this series of short videos, Bob Shepherd (DAF extension officer) discusses the ABCD grazing land condition framework. You'll find more information about land condition on the FutureBeef website.


Need extra feed for autumn?


A new guide is now available for cattle producers planning to plant forage oats this year. The 2018 Forage Oat Variety Guide contains up-to-date recommendations on planting, nutrition, grazing and diseases. It includes a table of forage oat varieties available for commercial sale this year. Forage oats provides a highly palatable, nutritious feed for grazing cattle during the autumn and winter months, when most native and improved pastures are dormant.


Optimal cattle growth pathways in central Queensland


What is the best way to use high quality forages? In central Queensland is it better to:

  • feed leucaena to steers and sell them as bullocks or
  • put weaners on oats and then leucaena to sell them as feed-on steers or
  • put yearling steers on to leucaena or
  • just leave them on buffel grass until they sell?

Don't know? Dr Maree Bowen and Fred Chudleigh, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries give you the answers in this report...

Grant available to monitor the water level of your bore


Would you like to be able to monitor the groundwater levels in your bore?

The Queensland Murray Darling Committee (QMDC) has secured funding from Origin to provide grants to offset the cost of installing monitoring equipment on registered bores within the Surat Basin Groundwater Net areas. The eligible areas are aligned or adjacent to coal seam gas development areas within the Surat Basin.

Via the grant program, you can apply for up to 75% of the cost of preparing and installing the monitoring equipment, which may include lifting and re-installing the pump, installing a high pressure airline, appropriate pressure gauges, water level indicators or data loggers.

Please visit, call the QMDC Regional Landcare Facilitator on 07 4637 6200 or email


Queensland farm debt restructure office now open

Primary producers can now access free expert financial analysis and advice though the Queensland government's newly established Farm Debt Restructure Office. Announced last month, this initiative will assist producers to make informed decisions. Visit for information about eligibility.

Upcoming events

Workplace essentials seminar

Mackay, 6 February 2018
Bowen, 7 February 2018
Charters Towers, 8 February 2018
Kingaroy, 20 February 2018
Chinchilla, 21 February 2018
Boonah, 22 February 2018


RCS GrazingforProfit School

Rockhampton, 7-13 February 2018


Grazing Fundamentals EDGE

Charters Towers, 7 February 2018
Katherine NT, 15 February 2018
Meandarra, 1 March 2018


Tips and topics

Dirranbandi, 7 February 2018


Motion activated cameras: getting the most out of them

Webinar, 8 February 2018


Dubbo Abattoir bus trip

Dubbo NSW, 12-13 February 2018


Grazing BMP workshop

Alpha, 12-13 February 2018
Charters Towers, 15-16 February 2018
Taroom, 28 February - 1 March 2018
Dirranbandi, 5-6 March 2018
Nindigully, 7-8 March 2018
Emerald, 12-13 March 2018


Soil pit day

Haly Creek, 13 February 2018
Byee Byee, 13 February 2018


Springsure weaner production Grazing BMP reassessment

Springsure, 15 February 2018


RCS Grazing Clinic

Murgon, 17-18 February 2018


Livestock breeding and genetics forum

Brisbane, 21 February 2018


Stocktake workshop

Lansdown Research Station, 21 February 2018


RCS Keep in Touch day

Torrens Creek, 21 February 2018


Breeding EDGE workshop

Alice Springs, 27 February - 1 March 2018
Broome, 7-9 March 2018


Intensive Ag Conference

Dalby, 28 February - 1 March 2018


Business EDGE workshop

Charleville, 5-6 March 2018
Goondiwindi, 8-9 March 2018


ABARES Outlook Conference

Canberra ACT, 6-7 March 2018


Nurtition EDGE workshop

Hughenden, 6-8 March 2018


Managing Giant Rats Tail grass and other weedy grasses in pasture: Learning the latest from Florida

Webinar, 6 March 2018



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