21 st Century Pastoralism Project Andy Bubb Desert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre. The DKCRC is committed to creating economic opportunities for desert people and a demonstrable difference for remote Indigenous communities, through the application of excellent research and training.
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21st Century Pastoralism ProjectAndy BubbDesert Knowledge Cooperative Research Centre
The DKCRC is committed to creating economic opportunities for desert people and a demonstrable difference for remote Indigenous communities, through the application of excellent research and training.
The benefits include:
reducing the number of bore runs saving fuel, time and money.
Future benefits expected:
better control of Total Grazing Pressure and pastoral country condition
stronger production results through better utilisation of available feed
environmental gains through pasture regeneration
De Rose Hill Station Allan & Kylie Fuller own and manage the 180,000 hectare property located 50km south of the Northern Territory/South Australian border on the Stuart Highway, running around 2000 head of black angus cows.
Len & Joy Newton’s Mt Ive Station Mt Ive is a 85,250 hectare, wool growing property in the Gawler Ranges with saltbush flats that borders Lake Gardiner in the North.
New water point
Mount Ive Station
The Alice Springs region Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries, Fisheries and Mines research Station covers 50,000 hectares of sandy Mulga country and open oatgrass plains.
Old Man Plains Research Station
“Since installing the telemetry in January at the furtherest water point on the property, we have reduced our bore run from 3-4 times a week to just one saving around 200km weekly.”
Debbie Roberts, manager
The North Australian Pastoral Company’s MONKIRA Station
Located in western Queensland's channel country, the 373,000 hectare grower property for weaner steers is dominated by the mighty flood plains of the Diamantina River, which produce highly productive pastures of blue bush and native sorghum.
Looking for further funding
Roll out results of past work to WA and Western NSW
Opportunity to test new equipment
Would you like to be involved?
An interactive ‘clearing house’ of project information including:
Water delivery (reticulation systems including guidance on design, pipe and valve information etc.)
Water control and monitoring systems (telemetry)
Water point location
Information related to:
◦ Field trials
◦ Latest technologies
◦ Costs and benefits
◦ Field Days and demonstrations
◦ Manufacturers and suppliers
◦ Funding and subsidies available
◦ Industry links
The page provides links to allow information sharing by landholders on what they have found to have worked, problems they have faced and overcome and the opportunity to have discussions around the country with other graziers, suppliers, manufacturers etc through an interactive forum
Extensive pastoralism is built on low input/low output production systems
Opportunity to collect data on animals once or twice per year
Infrequent data collection results in little opportunity to use the data collected
Ability to individually manage animals
Allow for intensive management to be adopted on extensive properties
Increase the profitability of pastoral production
Track weight gains and loses
Identify time of calving