Industry researchers converge on the Barkly Tablelands
Water points and grazing systems were key points of discussion for 27 research scientists and industry stakeholders visiting Alexandria Station for the Barkly Landcare and Conservation Association Field Day on Wednesday 25 July.
The field day provided participants with the opportunity to discuss management practices for degraded land around water points on Barkly Tableland cattle stations.
Department of Primary Industry and Resources Chief Executive, Alister Trier, opened the proceedings with an address on the current state of the Northern Australian beef industry.
Speakers for the day included:
- Dr Dionne Walsh (Department of Primary Industry and Resources), with a presentation on piospheres and their relevance to grazing systems on the Barkly.
- Dr Shane Campbell (University of Queensland), speaking on the dominance of weeds around heavily grazed watering points.
- Steve Eldridge (Desert Wildlife Services), introducing the topics of biodiversity and native fauna commonly found on the Barkly Tablelands and the effects that water point development has on populations and habitat.
- Jon Hodgetts (Territory Natural Resource Management), presenting on ‘The Outback Water Project’ and findings on the Barkly Tableland waterholes.
- Casey Collier (Department of Primary Industry and Resources) provided an update on the Alexandria Spelling and Stocking Rate Trial.
- Greg and Carol Ryan (Greenhill Station in Queensland) provided an overview on grazing pressure management through the use of fencing and water-point development, including the measures in place to mitigate the effects of drought.
“The day was a fantastic opportunity for researchers, pastoralists and industry representatives to collaborate and learn how to best manage degraded and degrading land around water points,” said Pastoral Production Officer Casey Collier.
Research and collaboration assists the pastoral industry to improve outcomes in animal production, economic performance and land sustainability.