Ecological and Economic Renewal of Rangeland Production Systems

Australian Rangeland Society - McCosker, Bartle and Carney

Type: Discussion Paper
Knowledge level: Intermediate

Farm Table says:

A insight into RCS's benchmarking clients and what the top producers are doing.

This paper looks at the possibility of achieving ecological renewal while maximising productivity of livestock.

What did the research involve?

  • Data from RCS benchmarking and business analysis
  • Compared top 20% to the average results in N. Forest (Qld), N. Speargrass (Qld), Coastal Forest (Qld), Gascoyne Murchison (WA), NSW Rangelands and Mitchell Downs (Qld)
  • Looked at case studies of producers in western Qld rangelands who have made changes over extended period.

What were the key findings?

  • Top 20% very profitable. Even making profit in the worst year, compared to losses for the average group
  • Cost of production largest driver of profitability in grazing industries
  • Managers focused on amount of pasture leave behind, rather than what they take
  • Hard data on ecological renewal is hard to find in commercial settings
2004 - Australia - Australian Rangeland Society - McCosker, Bartle and Carney
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