Beef and the Reef Q&A with Reidy from Bondi Rescue | #GoodMeat
Reidy from Bondi Rescue answers some of your questions about his #GoodMeat journey to discover what graziers in the Fitzroy Basin are doing to minimise the impact of beef production on the Fitzroy River and the Great Barrier Reef.
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Bondi Rescue’s ‘Reidy’ travelled hundreds of kilometres from Sydney to the Great Barrier Reef to talk to experts and farmers in Queensland’s Fitzroy Basin on his #GoodMeat journey to discover how Aussie cattle farmers are working to protect our precious waterways. Today he answers some of the best #GoodMeat questions that you asked on Target 100’s Facebook and Twitter pages about his journey.
QUESTION 1: Are most people in the catchment actively using these grazing practices to help the water systems?
ANSWER: According to the latest Reef Report Card from 2013, 30% of graziers across the entire Reef catchment area have adopted improved management practices. Specifically, in the Fitzroy Catchment, over 600 grazing businesses have participated in the Grazing BMP program to improve their practices.
QUESTION 2: Has there been a noticeable improvement to river/ reef as a result of these changes? Also wondering how the farmers benefit by implementing these systems?
ANSWER: The latest Reef Report Card from 2013 stated that improved land management practices resulted in water quality improvements and were a sign of progress towards the long-term goal that water entering the Reef has no detrimental impact on its health and resilience. Progress towards the sediment target was rated very good, with the estimated average sediment load reducing by 11 per cent. At the same time as improving water quality, these practices provide quality pastures for healthy and faster growing cattle with improved meat quality. So it’s a win-win for the environment and the farmer’s profitability.
QUESTION 3: Do you think these practices are something we should use Australia wide to protect all waterways? What was the most interesting part of the trip? Why no goggles?
ANSWER: The grazing practices used on Dave & Adele’s farm to protect water quality are applicable to all Australian waterways and landscapes. Matching livestock numbers to the land and maintaining ground cover are the two key practices to achieve good water quality.
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