Rubyvale Sapphire Miner's Common to destock

THE historic Rubyvale Sapphire Miner's Common has fallen victim to Queensland's crippling drought conditions, with the land set to be destocked over the next few months.

The decision follows a recommendation from the Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, which conducted a pasture inspection on September 22.

Department officers found very poor quality and quantity of forage available and poor landscape productivity and stability.

The state of the land has even forced cattle to wander into people's private properties searching for food.

With little rainfall forecast in the near future, the conclusion was the common needs to be immediately destocked to prevent animal welfare and land degradation issues.

Central Highlands Regional Council is the controller of the common but the land is state owned.

Agistment on the common is managed by a local committee.

Councillor Gai Sypher said the move was necessary to ensure the health and well-being of cattle on the land.

"The council recognises and appreciates the value of the common and its history and we are 100% supportive of that," she said.

"But this is the sad reality of the drought and we need to deal with this issue before it gets any worse.

"Once the land has been deemed suitable for grazing again we will endeavour to reinstate agistment as soon as possible."

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