Springsure graziers lead the way in best management practice accreditation
News release | 30-Jun-2017
Adele and Dave O’Connor are the first graziers in Queensland to have their Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) accreditation renewed.
DAF extension officer Matt Brown welcomed the accreditation and congratulated the O’Connor’s on their achievement.
“Adele and David first got involved in the BMP program in 2010 and were part of a group of ten producers who trialled the original modules,” said Matt.
“We are absolutely delighted to see them grow from strength to strength and come back for a second audit to gain a renewed accreditation. This shows the benefits of BMP accreditation to graziers, with the O’Connor’s leading the way and now gaining access to new markets” he said.
Adele O’Connor’s family have held the property ‘Mountain View’ near Springsure for over 100 years. The 6474 hectares property is used as a breeding and fattening operation and is currently stocked with 600 head of cattle, which includes 300 breeders.
“The BMP modules cover a wide range of topics and over the years we have found them to be really useful. So we had no hesitation in going back this year to complete our second accreditation process, which is required every three years,” said Adele.
“Not only have we learnt more about our land and how to plan grazing management, but we have been able to collect the evidence required for animal welfare and grazing land management practices that are required for organic certification and we now have a doorway into this market.”
Being accredited as organic producers has allowed the family to supply the premium organic market with beef, as well as supplying local buyers with organic lamb.