Grazing BMP Rolls into the Burnett Mary
Nov 13, 2014
Additional funding provided by the Department of Environment and Heritage Protection now provides graziers within the Burnett and Mary River Catchments the opportunity to participate in the Grazing Best Management Practice program to be delivered by the Burnett Mary Regional Group through a partnership between the Fitzroy Basin Association, AgForce, the Department of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries and NQ Dry Tropics NRM.
The Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program is a voluntary, industry led, self-assessment tool that provides producers with the ability to benchmark their current practices against an industry developed set of standards. Grazing BMP does not promote any particular product or system, but rather is a means to examine the whole enterprise to identify opportunities and develop a plan to improve business performance. The focus of the program is to support graziers improve their profitability and water quality in the catchment.
Globally, big brands are increasingly seeking assurance from suppliers regarding the environmental and social impacts of their products, thus shifting the onus of proof to the supplier. To respond to these expectations, the grazing industry needs a solid set of environmental and ethical standards to underpin its performance. Grazing BMP clearly defines such standards that have been verified by a producer reference group and are based on industry experience and the best available science.
The Burnett Mary Regional Group has recently appointed Sue Burt to co-ordinate the delivery of the Grazing BMP program within the Burnett and Mary River Catchments. Sue has a solid background in relation to soil and land resource management, and has personal interest in and a passion for the grazing industry.
The BMP program provides the grazing industry the opportunity to demonstrate sound environmental stewardship. “It provides the grassroots evidence to validate to the community and consumers, that food is being produced ethically and sustainably” Sue said. “The program also provides the mechanism to fine tune efficiencies within the grazing enterprise.”
The Grazing BMP program consists of 5 modules: Soil Health, Grazing Land Management, Animal Health and Welfare, Animal Production and People and Business. After completing the 5 modules, participants who wish to have their Recognition of Self-Assessment endorsed by the industry, can then become an accredited producer following an audit validation process under ISO19011 (Quality Management Systems).
The modules within the program can be completed via a range of methods including group workshops, one on one property extension, or personal self-assessment.
If you are a grazier within the Burnett or Mary River Catchments and wish to complete the BMP self-assessment or undertake the audit process, please contact Sue Burt (Grazing Land Management Officer) on 41690 720 or 0499545627.