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Old bores do have something to say

[ 26/09/2011 ]

A century-old pastoral bore located on Alexandria Station, 226kms east of Tennant Creek, is being studied to help improve animal productivity, environmental sustainability and economic performance on pastoral properties.

At a field day held last month attended by pastoral property managers and head stockmen from across the Barkly Region, Casey Collier and Dionne Walsh from the Department of Resources (DoR) presented the results of the first year of this multi-year trial.

“We are studying three bores of different ages to evaluate the economic performance of various stocking rates and spelling practises around them,” explained Dr Dionne Walsh, “It is clear that the major benefit of these environmentally sustainable land practises is improved animal productivity and all the economic benefits that flow from that.”

The initial results of the trial are encouraging and point to increased productivity and better profit margins as well as having benefits for the management and sustainable use of the land.

The trial is an initiative of the Northern Grazing Systems project which is a collaborative effort between DoR, Queensland and Australian Governments, Meat and Livestock Australia and the CSIRO.

A booklet containing details of the project is available through the offices of the Department of Resources.

For further information about this press release please contact Bill Whitington, Media Officer, Executive and Communications Services.
Phone (08) 8999 2013. Mobile 0409 640 859