Can conservation and cattle production co-exist? A case study: Toomba Station

Can conservation and cattle production co-exist? A case study: Toomba Station Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Megan Debney
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Is the use of rangelands for cattle production consistent with the conservation of natural habitat? The problem is discussed in the context of a case study of Toomba Station, a fully operational cattle property that has a history of conservation dating back to 1912 and a nature refuge agreement that was established in 2004. The balance between conservation and pastoral land use is achieved on Toomba by utilising recommended grazing land management (GLM) principles for sustainable land management. As a result of the case study it was concluded that the nature reserve successfully fits with the cattle operation on Toomba but may not be suited to all graziers in the area. Instead processes such as the Delbessie Agreement (State Rural Leasehold Land Strategy) and the Reef Protections Environmental Risk Management Plans ERMPs) may be having a greater influence in increasing the uptake of GLM principles in the area.

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Megan Debney, 2012, Can conservation and cattle production co-exist? A case study: Toomba Station, Conference Paper, viewed 16 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3674.

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