GOOD INVESTMENT: Bowen-based grazing property ‘Mt Aberdeen’ is owned by Steve and Del Norman who are among the first to gain Grazing BMP Accreditation status.
GOOD INVESTMENT: Bowen-based grazing property ‘Mt Aberdeen’ is owned by Steve and Del Norman who are among the first to gain Grazing BMP Accreditation status. Contributed

Graziers welcome continued funding

GRAZIERS have welcomed the Queensland Government's continued funding of the Grazing Best Management (BMP) program.

Minister for Environment and Heritage Protection Andrew Powell announced three years of funding during a visit to Mt Aberdeen.

Owners Steve and Del Norman were among the first to gain Grazing BMP Accreditation Status.

Capella graziers Russell and Sheryl Purvis of Waterford also received accreditation this month and lamented the importance of land management practices.

"I think it is important to be aware of how to manage our property the right way," Mrs Purvis said.

"We haven't made big changes...it's not difficult.

"It just looks at things like shifting cattle before flogging it and taking note of ground cover."

Mrs Purvis has been on the land all her life and said "I'd recommend the program to anyone".

"You have people helping and they are great to work with," she said.

Increased safety and a bigger bottom line were two major benefits of gaining accreditation, Mrs Purvis said.

"Things like putting up signs in the sheds and data for chemicals are important."

Mrs Purvis said the program was a great way to integrate new practices to help manage biodiversity issues.

The Queensland Government invested $2.2 million in Grazing BMP from December 2012 to September 2014.

The government has now committed a further $4.5 million over the next three years.


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