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Pasture recovery, land condition and some other observations after the monsoon flooding, chill event in north-west Queensland in Jan-Mar 2019

Hall, T. J., Milson, J. and Hall, C. (2020) Pasture recovery, land condition and some other observations after the monsoon flooding, chill event in north-west Queensland in Jan-Mar 2019. Technical Report. State of Queensland.

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Monsoonal flooding rains to 800 mm across north-west Queensland during late January and early February 2019 resulted in the inundation of hundreds of thousands of hectares of grazing land. Pastures of the Mitchell Grass Downs and the Gulf Plains that support cattle production were impacted by the rain event, and particularly so, because the land had just suffered a prolonged drought of 5-7 years. An area of some 13M hectares were affected and an estimated 0.5M head of cattle were lost from cold, wet wind exposure and flooding. The immediate post-flood assessment, of pasture reported in this document, is a record that informs agricultural practices and forms an historical baseline, for future research of ways to better understand and implement best management practices, in the tropical landscape of north-west Queensland in northern Australia.

Item Type:Monograph (Technical Report)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agriculture and the environment
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Deposited On:30 Jun 2020 00:21
Last Modified:30 Jun 2020 00:21

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