More than a waste product
Manure is more than a waste product, it's a great natural soil conditioner and provides an excellent food source for micro-organisms that in turn make nutrients available for plants.
Over sixty landholders from the inland Burnett and Mary recently attended a series of workshops recently to learn about the use of animal manures and compost on their properties.
The four workshops were convened by the Burnett Mary Regional Group (BMRG) at Biggenden, Tansey, Glastonbury and Mundubbera and featured on-ground demonstrations by agronomist David Hall.
BMRG's Ann McKenzie said the workshops were successful in providing land managers with information on making compost from animal manures and using it on-farm to boost productivity.
"Maintaining improving soil health is vitally important to agricultural land management," Ms Mckenzie said.
"These workshops were relevant to land managers from a range of industries including grazing, cropping and dairying as they all rely on growing healthy productive plants year after year in the same soil.”
Ms McKenzie said the workshops also highlighted the importance of considering how urban "waste" products such as garden waste and food scraps can be returned to food production areas, through processes such as composting, so that consumption is part of the nutrient cycle.
This project is an initiative of the Burnett Mary Regional Group and funded by the Queensland Government.