Who is involved in developing the Grazing BMP Program?
The program was developed by Fitzroy Basin Association (FBA), AgForce Queensland and the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (QDAFF) along with a producer reference group, and is supported by the Queensland Department of Environment and Heritage Protection (DEHP).
Why was Grazing BMP developed?
Grazing BMP was developed after increasing pressure to prove its environmental performance and animal welfare credentials. 157 standards assist in benchmarking where graziers currently sit in five modules: animal production, animal health and welfare, grazing land management, soil health and people and business
How is Grazing BMP delivered?
The program is completely voluntary and designed to help producers make the most of their enterprise for its long-term sustaniability. You can choose from several methods to complete modules, including: A workshop with other producers in your region Online via webinar or teleconference Online with support over the phone
What is the benefit to graziers?
Fine tuning business performance through benchmarking individual practice against industry ‘best practice’. Identify opportunities and develop a plan to improve your business performance and then use this as an avenue for continuous improvement and to be able to see past performance and compare where the grazier is now. Access information and support.
Why does the industry need a BMP?
Agriculture is under increasing pressure to prove its environmental performance and animal welfare credentials. There is a government and community misconception that farmers are not suitable land managers, particularly in relation to agricultural runoff of sediment and nutrients into the Great Barrier Reef Lagoon. Farmers require a method to benchmark and communicate that they are the best environmental stewards of agricultural land so as to correct public perception and to avoid onerous and unrealistic regulation.
What is the benefit to industry?
Grazing BMP can communicate industry sustainability through: Ensuring individual grazier’s data remains anonymous through password protection. Demonstrating levels of good practices and stewardship to supply chain, consumers, community and government. Contribute to your Queensland industry snapshot showing why producers are trusted. Aggregated data reports can be produced for statewide, catchment, river sub-basins or grazing land types. A baseline for the Grazing BMP Partnership and associated government agencies to better prioritise research, development and extension investment. Displays industry progression as the program evolves.
Is my information publicly available?
Your property information and associated answers to the standards is not publicly available. The data collected from the program is aggregated to ensure that it is anonymous and is used through reports for the BMP program and for targeted extension. This information is stored by an external party.
Who do I contact if I am interested in completing Grazing BMP?
There are several contacts for Grazing BMP. Please Click here to contact your local coordinator or contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 07 3236 3100.