Cattle are simply a representation of the health of your landscape, so if you want healthy cattle and happy cows, you got to have a very healthy landscape.
As fourth generation QLD cattle producers, James & Kylie Henderson, believe that cattle are simply a representation of the health of your landscape so if you want healthy cattle and happy cows, you got to have a very healthy landscape.
So the Henderson family work with nature and look after the land and resources in their care, making sure that their activities farm result in positive outcomes for nature.
Last decade’s millennial drought was a major turning point whereby they had to rethink the management of their grazing cattle and start prioritising the retention of trees and a healthy landscape.
This brought about two key areas of change to rotational grazing and carbon farming.
Rotational grazing describes the practice of rotating livestock through a series of paddocks.
By the time the last paddock in the series has been grazed, the first has been rested allowing sufficient pasture growth for the paddock grazing sequence to commence again.
Rotational grazing involves a higher number of animals per paddock (AKA stocking rate) than traditional stocking rates.
It focuses on grazing plants intensively when they are at their most nutritious stage in their growth cycle while providing adequate rest time between grazing events to allow the palatable species to continue to thrive.
Put simply, carbon farming is implementing farm management practices that lead to increased carbon storage in soil and vegetation (also known as carbon sequestration) and reduced greenhouse gas emissions. Carbon farming has many benefits, including:
Carbon farming can help increase the resilience of farming systems to climate change as well as reduce the contribution of agriculture to Australia’s greenhouse gas emissions. Management practices that align with carbon farming come with other benefits that can also improve farm performance. For example, maximising ground cover throughout the year not only optimises feed for livestock but also contributes to healthier soils and potentially increased carbon storage.
The Henderson family started carbon farming from about 2011 as they thought is was just the right things to do. There are currently two projects being run across their properties:
We try to make sure that the things we do on farm result in positive outcomes for nature
The Australian red meat and livestock industry's goal is to be carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30).
How fresh approaches to grazing are helping farming and native biodiversity coexist.
For the Australian red meat industry, treating livestock humanely is critical.