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Managing river country for beef cattle production in the Maranoa catchment

Website/Report

Project lead

Queensland Government (DAF)

Queensland Murray Darling Association

Partnerships

Australian Government (Caring for our Country program)

Landholder

Industries

Other

Activities

On-ground work

Case study type

Queensland Wetlands Program (QWP) management case study

Funding source

Australian Government (Caring for our Country program)

Landholder

Funding amount

(not documented)

In-kind contribution

(not documented)

Start date

(not documented)

End date

Ongoing

Summary

Woodlands is a 30,000ha former sheep property that was purchased by Mr Ken Symes in 2004 to run cattle. The property is located in the Mulga Lands of south-west Queensland. The Maranoa River traverses the property. The property was in poor condition at purchase because of overgrazing and to improve production the landowner sought better management of pastures through strategic fencing, providing off-stream watering to restrict access to the riparian zone, re-seeding mixed forage species and better grazing management. All fencing that crossed the river was removed.

Benefits

Restricting stock access to the riparian zone has improved water quality and stock have gained weight from having cleaner water and less distance to travel for water now that the off-stream watering points have been established. The on-ground works undertaken have been of economic benefit to the farm.

Lesson

The landowner has learnt that the various wetlands he has on his property, including Murphy’s Lagoon and a number of grassy swamps, help support production during drought.

Reference ID

Managing river country for beef cattle production in the Maranoa catchment

Last updated: 16 May 2015

This page should be cited as:

Managing river country for beef cattle production in the Maranoa catchment, WetlandInfo 2014, Department of Environment and Science, Queensland, viewed 31 January 2020, <https://wetlandinfo.des.qld.gov.au/wetlands/resources/tools/wetland-project/managing-river-country-for-beef-cattle-production-in-the-maranoa-catchment-7315/>.

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