Through the Reef Trust III, the Australian Government has committed funding over three years to RCS for Project Pioneer: Innovation in the Grazing Industry. RCS have been appointed to provide training business development, benchmarking and on-farm support. RCS works with Australian farmers to provide a range of professional services to producers and producer groups to assist them in bringing their vision for agriculture and to become a reality.
The programme objective is to improve management practices across high priority grazing lands within the Great Barrier Reef natural resource management catchments and achieve tangible ecological and economic outcomes for the Great Barrier Reef community. It will also contribute to the delivery of the overarching Reef Trust Programme outcome of improving the quality of water entering the Great Barrier Reef from broad-scale land use to increase the health and resilience of the reef.
RCS is a valued partner to the MaiaGrazing system and the 50 producers selected for the program will gain valuable experience through RCS’s rural professional development and MaiaGrazing system. The MaiaGrazing tool will support RCS teachings in information gathering, that improve farm management capacity and profitability, understand true carrying capacity and optimise production assisting in a whole of business approach to reducing sediment in runoff and will showcase sustainable grazing practices to help reduce sediment entering the Great Barrier Reef.
For more information on the programme visit http://www.rcsaustralia.com.au/products/landcare-and-regional-bodies/projects-funding/