Tools and resources for graziers

One of the first steps to improve your grazing and pasture management is understanding and managing your land condition. Use the tools and resources below to assist with adopting best practice management.

Tools and resources

FORAGE grazing land management tool—Use to create your own property reports and maps. FORAGE uses scientific data and satellite imagery and was developed by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to help Queensland graziers.

Breedcow – Dynama Online—Herd budgeting software to help you plan, evaluate and improve your profitability and financial management.

Agbiz farm budgeting tools—Helps you calculate profit, construct budgets and manage cashflows.

Agbiz tools for beef producers—Helps you calculate profit, create budgets and manage cashflows.

Stocktake GLM app—Use to monitor grazing land condition and for short-term forage budgeting. You can save information while you’re in the paddock.

VegMachine—Developed by the CSIRO to help land managers monitor changes in their ground cover and landscape health.

FarmMap4D Spatial Hub—A tool to help you create, manage, analyse, access and share digital farm maps to help improve productivity and sustainability.

Queensland Globe—Build your own property map using this tool. Computer mapping workshops are available through AgForce Projects in conjunction with the Fitzroy Basin Association's Grazing Training Reimbursement program.

Grazing economics publications—Helps you assess the costs and benefits of different management practices.

Find more tools provided by FutureBeef and Meat & Livestock Australia.

A range of other projects funded through the Queensland Reef Water Quality Program provide knowledge-based practical tools and advice to graziers.

WetlandInfo has information on wetlands in Queensland and how to manage wetlands in grazing systems, including Grazing for Healthy Coastal Wetlands: guidelines for managing coastal wetlands in grazing systems (PDF, 29.3MB).

Outcomes of trials and research

We support our beef industry through ongoing research and development.

Visit the Queensland Government's publication portal to read the latest agricultural research reports, industry guidelines and resources.

You can also search the FutureBeef report library for news on industry projects.

Wambiana grazing trial (Burdekin region)

This long-term trial aims to improve grazing strategies for rainfall variability, focusing on profitability, pasture condition and run-off. It began in Wambiana, near Charters Towers, in 1997. Data is collected and reported annually.

The trial is testing 5 different grazing strategies, including moderate set-stocking, heavy set-stocking and rotational wet-season spelling. Read an overview of the Wambania grazing trials, along with reports, and view a video.

The project has received funding and support from DAF and Meat & Livestock Australia.

Innovative Gully Remediation Project

The Innovative Gully Remediation Project demonstrated that you can cost-effectively restore gullies that are eroding, delivering benefits for your land and the Great Barrier Reef.

The results from 10 gully remediation trial sites (in 2019) at Strathalbyn Station, south of Townsville, reduced fine sediment reaching the Reef by an average of 98%, with an average cost-effectiveness of $58 per tonne of sediment.

Learn more about the 5 key steps (PDF, 514KB) to cost-effectively restore gullies and reduce fine sediment run-off.

  1. Form partnerships, find collaborators and interact continually.
  2. Prioritise clusters of gullies that produce the most sediment.
  3. Get local baseline data before starting any works.
  4. Design works to balance the cut-and-fill ratio, manage flows, and establish vegetation and topsoils.
  5. Monitor works for effectiveness and maintenance issues.

Technology for graziers

Real-time data and AgTech can help you to better understand your land and cattle.

Insights provided by data support you to make better decisions, leading to more profitable and sustainable grazing.

Use apps like Stocktake GLM and online systems like the FORAGE grazing land management system to track and monitor your paddocks and cattle.

Find AgTech products by searching the product directory.

Biosecurity preparedness and stock movement

Make sure you're aware of the rules for the movement of livestock to manage your biosecurity risk.

Create your on-farm biosecurity management plan to reduce the risk of introducing or spreading an infectious disease, pest or weed. Preventative biosecurity measures can help contain outbreaks if they do occur. Encourage visitors to use the Farm Check-In app when entering your agricultural property to minimise the spread of pests and diseases.

Find out if you need to be registered as a biosecurity entity and how to manage agricultural chemicals to reduce their loss to the environment and the Reef.

Grants and funding

Find out about grants and funding for graziers in the Reef catchments.

Education and training

We run regular workshops, field tours and shed meetings to keep you informed. Speak to your extension officer to find out about upcoming events and training.

Newsletters and social media—Sign up to DAFs agricultural newsletters and follow Queensland Agriculture on Facebook for the latest news.

Events—Find events advertised in FutureBeef newsletters, on the FutureBeef website and in the FutureBeef events calendar. You may also be interested in Meat & Livestock Australia's newsletters and their events and workshops.

Workshops—Attend FutureBeef workshops to learn about tools and skills in business management, sustainable grazing, animal nutrition, health and genetics.

Forums—Join a BeefUp forum to learn about Meat & Livestock Australia's research and development projects and the latest technologies. The forums are a great way to network with others in the red meat industry.

Programs and courses—The Advancing Beef Leaders program is for emerging producer and community leaders and the EDGEnetwork provides courses on business management, breeding, grazing land management and nutrition.

Industry associations—Connect with others through agriculture industry associations in Queensland.