While cattle and sheep farming can have an impact on the biodiversity of an area, fresh approaches to grazing are helping farming and native biodiversity coexist.
Biodiversity is the variety of all lifeforms found in one area; the different plants, animals and micro-organisms that live there, as well as the ecosystems in which they exist. Biodiversity is important for a productive and healthy environment, as it helps provide habitat for native species, supplies clean air and water, maintains soil health, and pollinates plants.
A healthy ecosystem helps farms be more productive, and farmers around the country (like the Hallidays in Walcha, NSW) are actively working to support biodiversity conservation by introducing new pastures and different species to the mix.
It was once thought that grazing animals could only damage biodiversity. However, research has demonstrated that different grazing approaches can actually help biodiversity.
To understand this concept better, the industry is looking into sustainable land management practices and biodiversity on farms to identify how certain grazing approaches can help or hinder biodiversity. Once this research is complete, red meat producers will be given the tools and support to better protect the diverse ecosystems on their farms, while ensuring their businesses remain economically viable.
Best practice guidelines for red meat producers are available to help them protect the native biodiversity on their land. These include: