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EMS in the pastoral industries of western Queensland: From customisation to implementation

Sallur, N.M. and Weier, L.Z. and Pahl, L.I. and Holmes, S.B. and Yeoman, C.S. (2007) EMS in the pastoral industries of western Queensland: From customisation to implementation. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 47 (3). pp. 284-293.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/EA06020

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au

Abstract

This paper outlines the customisation of Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for the pastoral industry of western Queensland, the recruitment and training of pastoral producers, and their development and implementation of EMS. EMS was simplified to a 7-step process and producers were recruited to trial this customised EMS. Producers from 40 properties received EMS training, either as groups or individually. Of these, 37 commenced Pastoral EMS development through a facilitated approach that allowed them to learn about EMS while developing an EMS for their property. EMS implementation has been more effective with producers who were trained in groups. At this stage, however, most producers do not see value in EMS as there are currently no strong drivers to warrant continued development and implementation. Key findings resulting from this work were that personal contact and assistance is vital to encourage producers to trial EMS, and that a staged approach to EMS implementation, commencing with a self-assessment, is recommended. EMS training is most successful in a group situation; however, an alternative method of delivery should be provided for those producers who, either by choice or isolation, have to work alone. A support network is also necessary to encourage and maintain progress with EMS development and implementation, particularly where no strong drivers exist.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:© CSIRO.
Keywords:Environmental Management Systems (EMS); pastoral industry; western Queensland.
Subjects:Animal culture
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Deposited On:06 Apr 2009 07:03
Last Modified:22 Nov 2010 02:23

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