NRM Trial Sites 2010

Gumahah - High intensity goat grazing

Abstract or description: 

The “Gumahah” project will fund fencing material to set up paddocks to allow Rick Gardiner, South West NRM and the Learning Group to investigate the effects of planned grazing in the Mulga lands.  The project will set up 5 paddocks with fencing suitable to hold goats.  Paddocks will be approx. 68ha, 91 ha, 30 ha, 69 ha, and 16 ha.  There is some fencing existing and some that needs only upgrading and the rest will be new fencing.  Two paddocks have bore drains; two paddocks will have new troughs.

The second part of the project may include fire, mechanical or other methods aimed at improving pastures, but these activities will be based on weather and money availability at the time.

South West NRM will fund $25,000 towards the cost of the project in 2010/2011, with all other costs funded by cash and in-kind contributions from Rick Gardiner.

 

 

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GOOMBIE - ROTATIONAL GRAZING IN THE UPPER BULLOO CATCHMENT

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This is an NRM Learning Demonstration Site project. A rotational grazing trial will be set up on Durella in collabaration with the owners and managers.  To implement a rotational time controlled grazing system, the origional paddock will be reduced to four paddocks of approximately 2200 Ha.  Fencing will be constructed to landtype and natural features.   Stocking rates will be adjusted in the interest of ground cover and rest periods to stimulate growth and germination of desirable grasses.  Rotational grazing will be implemented by erecting cost effective fencing to dissect the original Durella paddock, this fencing will consist of three plain barbed wires and steel pickets.  There will be approximately 18km of subdivisional fencing  constructed for the project.  Fence line clearing and construction, stock movements and business analysis will be provided in kind by the owner Greg Windsor. Planning is critical to the success of this trial, from the physical layout and water capability to the movement of the stock.  Property mapping and planning will be central tools used regularly to assist in decision making.

 

Funding Budget: $25,000.00

 

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COLAC - CONTROL OF EREMOPHILA GILESII IN SOFT MULGA COUNTRY

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The project will be focusing on a reduction in Eremophila gilesii (Turkey Bush), a native species which is considered a woody weed in south west Queensland.  Proliferation of turkey bush is a result of historical grazing pressure and proves to be problematic as it reduces the health and distribution of perenial grasses which form a basis of the grazing business. There will be a number of different control methods trialled including the

* Spreading of extra nutrient in the form of fertiliser for the soil,

* Fire,

* Chemical application in the form of "Grasslan" pellets,

* Biological control and

*Slashing of the Turkey Bush

 

One or more of these methods will be trialled at one time in different areas.  There may also be combinations of methods at one time. The trials will be conducted mainly on Mulga Sandplain country in B land condition, which is 'fair' land condition, and monitored closely throughout the duration of the trials. The trial areas will be clearly marked out for ease of identification and monitoring. Trial areas will consist of around 100 ha.  There will always be a control area for comparison reasons.  Project Budget $25 000.00

 

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Shannendoah - Trialling a Rotational Time Managed Grazing System

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To implement a rotational time controlled grazing system the paddock sizes will be reduced to average approximately 300 Ha, depending on land type and estimated stock days per hectare. Approximately 11 kilometres of fencing will be constructed using fencing of 2 plain wires, 2 electric wires and a top barb wire. As with any high density stocking system sufficient watering points are extremely important and fencing will be designed at water points to cater for animal health, behaviour and security. All in kind labour, along with some additional water infrastructure and machinery hire will be provided by property owner Brett Sheahan.

Planning is critical to the success of this trial, right from the physical layout and water capability to the movement of the stock. Grazing charts along with property mapping and the property planning will be central tools. . South West NRM will invest in some technical support, with an initial consultation on site to investigate the best options for sub divisional fencing and water infrastructure, along with vital planning and managing for plant, animal and economic performance of the trial.

Funding Budget: $25,000

 

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Kilcowera - IMPROVING PASTURES WITH PLANNED GRAZING

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The project is will be a small scale trial of the rotational grazing setup. The project will construct four goat paddocks; of 14ha, 15ha, 15ha and 20 ha, totalling 64 hectares. Water will be piped approx. 1231 meters from a bore to the trial paddocks. The fencing will be of high integrity goat fencing and include 5 gates and 3 water troughs.

Second part of the trial is dependent on rainfall and weather; we may trial fire, chemical spraying and complete spelling with an aim of killing woody weeds.

South West NRM will be contributing $25,000 to this project, with in kind labour and support from Greg and Toni Sherwin.

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Springvale - Improving pastures in the Paroo River Catchment

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“Springvale” already has two goat holding paddocks of 212 ha and 76 ha that has been heavily grazed by goats. This grant will fund fencing to split the 212ha paddock in to three paddocks of 65ha, 66ha and 82ha. One additional paddock of 177ha will also be fenced, giving us a total of 390ha in 4 or 5 paddocks.

Addition trials may include mechanical treatment with a crocodile, burning or seeding of grasses and legumes.

These trials will be subject to weather conditions and the availability of other grants or in kind funds provided by landholders.

South West NRM will be contributing $25,000 to this project in 2010-2011, with in-kind labour and support from the Landholder.

 

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