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Newsletter, June 2016
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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND FISHERIES Page 3 of 23 Barkly Beef Newsletter Upon moving to the Barkly, John and his family embarked on an intensive development program on Beetaloo and its neighbouring lease, Mungabroom, adopting a rotational grazing management scheme. When the Dunnicliffs first took over, there were approximately 20 watering points on Beetaloo and approximately 18 on Mungabroon. Today there are more than 600 waters and thousands of kilometres of new fencing. Tracey Hayes, CEO of the Northern Territory Cattlemans Association (NTCA), remembers John fondly saying, John is known as a best practice producer, an innovator and a thinker. John had the courage to blaze trails and break new ground, investing in emerging technologies and methods for land and cattle management. In success or failure he shared his knowledge and learnings, providing practical examples and evidence, inspiring others and leading industry. Former NTCA President David Warriner remembers John as an operator who plied his trade from King Island to the Kimberly with great success. John is remembered as well-known among the large cattle traders of the 80s who bought in the north and sold in the south for an increased per kilogram price as well as the weight gain. John always looked to alternatives to the norm and endeavoured to exploit that, usually with success. He was rarely happy with the status quo and it would be safe to say he is an advocate of the quote, "The definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again expecting a different result". If John was not satisfied, something was invariably about to change! John was honoured in the 2016 Queenss birthday honours with an Order of Australia Medal (OAM) for his service to the cattle industry. No short term effects of rotational grazing on pastures at Beetaloo Station Dionne Walsh, Jane Douglas, and Robyn Cowley, DPIF After four years of comparing rotational grazing (RG) versus year-round or continuous grazing (CG) at Beetaloo the results are in! The Armstrongs at Beetaloo have been trialling rotational grazing through 46 small paddocks to see if it has benefits for pastures and production. They hoped that regularly spelling and short periods of crash grazing (large mobs in small areas, for a few days) would help degraded pastures improve in growth and species. Table 1: Characteristics of the rotational and continuously grazed systems at Beetaloo Grazing system Rotational grazing Continuous grazing Paddock size (km 2 ) 2 - 25 4 - 50 Average annual stocking rate (AE/km 2 ) 14 16 Stock density when grazed (AE/km 2 ) 846 16 Graze duration (days) 2 - 5 200 - 313 Number of times grazed / year 2 All year Rainfall was above average during the trial except for the first year (Fig. 1).