NEW producers and experienced graziers intent on improving their practices to deliver quality product attended a workshop in Charters Towers last week.
About 20 graziers attended the two-day accelerated Grazing BMP workshop to brush up on the latest knowledge in the industry.
Topics covered grazing land management and soil health, breeder management, genetic selection and analysing estimated breeding values when selecting bulls.
Keeping business records and analysis, animal welfare, and workplace health and safety was also covered.
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries event organiser Jo Gangemi said the workshop provided opportunities for peer to peer learning so that producers could share their knowledge on a range of issues.
“Many producers used the workshop to develop action plans for areas in their business they want to improve,” Ms Gangemi said.
“It offered the opportunity for new producers to get the basics right and to learn from more experienced graziers, who are also keen to keep at the forefront of best practice.”
Ms Gangemi said Workplace Health and Safety was also a focus for producers, who identified it as an area where would could be improved.
NQ Dry Tropics Grazing BMP coordinator Lisa Hutchinson said the nationally recognised training provided participants a level of security to their business through the formal qualification.
‘Sound husbandry practices addressed at the workshop are in line with national codes of practice that deliver good outcomes in terms of animal welfare, biosecurity and sustainable farm businesses,” Ms Hutchinson said.
“This type of workshop ensures graziers keep abreast of legislative requirements around things such as Workplace Health and Safety and Animal Health and Welfare.
“Proactive graziers give themselves an advantage and this accredited training helps protect their business.”