Workshops ensure better pastures and resilient waterways

27 April 2017

 

Increasing agricultural production through better pastures, reducing stock pressure on creeks and riparian zones, and managing water and soils were some of the topics presented to landholders last month during a series of workshops in the Logan and Albert catchments.

The workshops were delivered over three days at Mount Alford, Beaudesert and Canungra in the Scenic Rim local government area, which is home to many of Healthy Land and Water’s waterway and landscape health projects.  

Participants learnt about restoring productive pasture grasses to their paddocks through species recognition, changing management practices to encourage better growth, and calculating optimum stocking levels to maintain healthy grass cover, among other things.

“The take away message was not to exclude stock from watering or grazing within creeks and riparian zones altogether but rather to utilise this area of the farm sparingly to preserve plant cover, reduce soil compaction and development of cow paths, all of which limit the risk of slow erosion of creek banks,” said Ross Bigwood, Rural Team Manager for Healthy Land and Water.

In total, 52 people attended the workshops, which were made possible through support from the Scenic Rim Regional Council. ‚Äč