Abstract: Over the past decade the ongoing cost-price squeeze has forced pastoralists everywhere to look at using their land more efficiently and sustainably. Pastoralists in central Australia, and indeed across rangeland Australia, must contend with numerous additional factors which affect their livelihoods. There has been widespread interest by the industry in spelling practices, which hold out the potential for increased or sustained production. However, more research is required in the semi-arid rangelands prior to the majority of pastoralists implementing any major changes to their current management systems. Essentially, the Central Australian Grazing Strategies Partnership (CAGSP) project aimed to increase this knowledge base and build capacity for pastoralists to implement new strategies on their own properties. The direction of the project was to document: o what could be implemented locally in central Australia (by conducting three different producer-initiated grazing trials, driven by pastoralists in diverse landsystems), o what is currently implemented across rangeland Australia (by building a national synthesis of expert opinion regarding spell grazing strategy management identifying the most appropriate implementation approach for each region for pastoralists to adapt and adopt, and by building an anthology of actual producer perspectives or case studies highlighting properties who have successfully implemented some form of spell grazing and describe their methods and positive benefit), o how local pastoralists can implement spell grazing management themselves (by developing a decision making tool, to assist pastoralists to identify potential methods based on individual property goals and requirements, which could be incorporated into the highly successful Central Australia Grazing Land Management Workshop).
Fisher, J., Kain A. J., Walsh D., Dennis E., Hunt L., Cadzow R., Cadzow S., Murphy J., Murphy S., Cowley R. A., 2008, Rangeland Management Strategies for Improved Economics and Resource Sustainability Project – Final Report, Report, viewed 09 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=2994.