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Alice Springs Rural Review



Alice Springs Rural Review


Northern Territory. Department of Resources


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Made available via the Publications (Legal Deposit) Act 2004 (NT).; This publication contains many links to external sites. These external sites may no longer be active.; Includes : Pastoral Market Update November 2010; Arid Zone Research Institute; AZRI, Alice Springs




Agriculture; Alice Springs Region; Periodicals

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Northern Territory Government

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Alice Springs


Alice Springs Rural Review


V 44 (9-12) December 2010

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Northern Territory Government



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ALICE SPRINGS RURAL REVIEW, Page 3 of 20 Open oatgrass plain (Enneapogon avenaceus dominated) with estimated standing dry matter of 2000kg per hectare - September 2010. This country is highly productive and requires protection from wildfire. Open woodland (Cenchrus ciliaris dominated) with estimated standing dry matter of 40005000kg per hectare November 2010. If the woody vegetation thickening is occurring in this type of country fire may be an option in maintaining the tree/grass balance. If you are thinking of fire as a management tool please contact me as I would like to hear your views on the practical use of fire as a pasture management tool in an arid environment. Chris Materne 8951 8135 or 0458 605 883 Message from the Team Leader Pieter Conradie, Regional Manager Pastoral Production, Alice Springs and Tennant Creek During the past three months my understanding of the pastoral industry in the Red Centre and the Barkly has grown considerably. My first priority was to get acquainted with the staff in Alice Springs and Tennant Creek. I soon realised that the Department of Resources is privileged to have highly skilled and very dedicated officials working in the interest of pastoral production in the Territory. There is also a good support system consisting of experienced subject specialists, a capable administrative section and senior officials that have a good understanding of the industry. Unfortunately we have to say goodbye to Cassie Duggan, Technical Officer Tennant Creek, Tracey May, GIS Officer, and Jillian Fisher, contract CA GLM Officer, who will be following new career paths. I want to use this opportunity to thank them for their contributions over the years and wish them well in their future endeavours. We are in the process of advertising the permanent positions that have been vacated and hope to fill them early in the New Year. In the meantime we have contracted Dr Ken Scott for the month of December to assist with some of the rangeland surveys and thereby use the window of opportunity during this exceptionally good year. A highlight was to attend the Barkly Grazing Land Management Workshop at Helen Springs, where I met prominent producers from the Barkly and also got a glimpse of the true value of Mitchell Grass. Assisting with data collection at a Swiftsynd site at Deepwell provided an opportunity to meet another producer and also do a few hard yards cutting grass samples. I found the Northern Grazing Strategy Workshop, Drought Committee and ASPIAC meetings most informative and it is great to see how the research findings are being applied in the industry. The next Pastoral Industry survey is planned for early 2011. This survey will not only serve to inform the current status of pastoral production in the Territory, but also allow opportunity for increased interaction between the department and producers. At present we are assessing all pastoral production research projects, after which we will do future planning to ensure that the research conducted is relevant, focussed and aligned with the priorities of Industry and the Department. We will work through the formal structures to get inputs from industry, but any suggestions from individuals on research priorities will be greatly appreciated. On behalf of the pastoral production team I now wish you all a Merry Christmas and a prosperous 2011.

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