Dairy production: Long-term commitment to improving land condition, and ‘least cost planning’ ensures sustainable milk production
Watson’s Dairy Farm
Queensland Wetlands Program
Queensland Dairyfarmers Organisation
On-ground work, Planning
Case study type
Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP) management case study
Watson’s Dairy Farm in the Mary River Catchment at Conondale developed and implemented a Farm Management System (FMS) to manage pastures, effluent and riparian vegetation. Single strand electric fencing was installed to keep cattle away from the river. Additional off-stream watering points were provided and degraded banks were stabilised by planting with native riparian species. Some low level weed control was also carried out.
The benefit of maintaining riparian vegetation was realised during the 1999 flood. While neighbouring properties lost sections of river bank, the Watson’s re-vegetated banks remained virtually intact.
Last updated: 16 May 2015
This page should be cited as:
Department of Environment and Science, Queensland (2015) Dairy production: Long-term commitment to improving land condition, and ‘least cost planning’ ensures sustainable milk production, WetlandInfo website, accessed 24 September 2020. Available at: https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/dairy-production-long-term-commitment-to-improving-land-condition-and-least-cost-f7e3/