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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND FISHERIES BARKLY BEEF | page 2 www.dpif.nt.gov.au and development that have taken place across the property. John Dunnicliff also joined in with an informal panel discussion to round out the day. After purchasing Beetaloo, Mungabroom and OT Downs, the Dunnicliffs and Armstrongs had noticed that the traditional set stocking regime was impacting on their land condition and animal performance. At this time, there were about 40 waters across the 3 properties. In order to realise the carrying capacity and production potential of the leases, a substantial infrastructure development program has been undertaken. There are now almost 600 waters and thousands of kilometres of new fencing and polypipe on the properties. They believe that this development will: increase herd productivity improve and maintain land condition maintain biodiversity values within a productive native pasture ecosystem increase water use efficiency The family believes that in order to achieve development of this scale, both forward planning and flexibility are essential. Know what you want to achieve in the long run, but be willing to change things along the way in order to reach the final goal. Scotty prefers the simple set up, with the water lines connecting a series of tanks and bores on loop systems, allowing for storage and backup water supplies. The Rotational Grazing Pilot has been collecting data on pasture & cattle performance, as well as fauna surveys, for a couple of years. At this stage it is still too early to say how the environmental and animal Set Stocked Area Adjacent Rotation Paddock The set stocked areas tend to have higher levels of defoliation compared to the adjacent rotation paddocks, illustrating the issue that the development program is addressing. Bulls surrounding one of the hundreds of new tanks covering the property

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