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18th Biennial Conference 2015 Papers

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Dorper sheep in southern Australian rangelands: production success or environmental concern?

Authors: Alemseged, Y., Hacker, R.B., Melville, G., Mitchell, A., Toole, I. and Smith, W.

Keywords: diet selection, grazing behaviour, digestive efficiency

Mining partnerships - we can dig it!

Authors: Anderson, L.

Keywords: weed management, partnerships, natural resource management, rangelands

Are we there yet? Tracking state and change in Australia’s rangelands

Authors: Bastin, G., Sparrow, A., Scarth, P., Gill, T., Barnetson, J. and Staben, G.

Keywords: change, cover deficit, ground cover, Landsat, persistence, state

VegMachine® in Queensland

Authors: Beutel, T., Karfs, R., Wallace, J., Scarth, P., Trevithick, R. and Tindall, D.

Keywords: VegMachine, ground cover, monitoring, remote sensing

Using business analysis to inform management decisions in beef businesses

Authors: Broad, K., Emery, T., Sneath, R., McLean, I. and Bray, S.

Keywords: business analysis, benchmarking, profitability, productivity, climate change

Climate change perceptions and adaptive strategies: reflections from two remote Aboriginal communities

Authors: Campbell, M., Race, D., Hampton, K., Foster, D., Fejo, C. and Robertson, D.

Keywords: climate change, central Australia, adaptive capacity, liveability

Adventures with video – practical tips and tricks on sharing your story

Authors: Campbell, R.

Keywords: video, communications, engagement, best practices, marketing

A predictive model of Indigenous Ranger Groups’ capacity for the adaptation of heritage sites to the impacts of climate change

Authors: Carmichael, B.

Keywords: climate change, adaptation, Indigenous, cultural heritage, ranger group, framework

Plenary address

Authors: Chaney, The Hon. Fred


Opening address of the conference.

Overview of rangeland degradation caused by Opuntia-invasion in semi-arid zones of South Africa, implications on grazing strategies, carbon sequestration and agricultural land values

Authors: Chipfupa, L., Nherera, F.V. and Fourie, P.

Keywords: rangeland degradation, grassland, Opuntia humifusa, SNAP model, carbon sequestration, invasive species

Abnormal reproductive observations for beef cows on arid rangelands, associated with suspected increase in dietary phytoestrogens

Authors: Coventry, J., Jobson, P. and Allan, C.

Keywords: arid rangelands, phytoestrogens, extensive-grazing, cattle, calving

What distance from water should we use to estimate paddock carrying capacity?

Authors: Cowley, R.A., Jenner, D and Walsh, D.

Keywords: grazing radius, watered area

Is more or less fire needed in northern savannas? Fire history (and optimal management) varies with land use and land type

Authors: Cowley, R.A. and Jenner, D.

Keywords: fire frequency, fire management, savanna burning

Traditional hunting of feral cats to help protect key threatened species at Kiwirrkurra

Authors: Crossing, K., Paltridge, R. and Napangarti, N.

Keywords: feral cat, bilby, great desert skink, hunting, biodiversity protection, Kiwirrkurra

Collaborative Area Management

Authors: Crowden, C

Keywords: collaboration, fencing, wild-dog, biodiversity, grazing-pressure, agriculture

Preparation of a research plan for Natural Resource Management in northern Australia

Authors: Crowley, G.M., Dale, A., Banks, R., Barclay, S., Birch, P., Buchan, A., Cocco, R., Crase, J., Crawford, S., Dielenberg, J., Donohoe, P., Edgar, B., Franklin, J., Frazer, R., Harper, P., Hinchley, D., Hoogwerf, T., Ikin, N., Johnson, S., Mackay, G., Maher, E., May, K., Miley, D., Mitchell, C., Moller, M., Morris, S., Musgrove, R., Peake, K., Pearson, D., Pentz, D., Schuntner, G., Sinclair, I., Standley, P.-M., Sweatman, C., Tambling, L., Wessels, A. and Wilson, B.

Keywords: co-research, environmental management, research delivery, uptake and adoption

Innovation systems for food security in rangeland margins, sub-Saharan Africa

Authors: Davies, J., Watson, I., Sow, F., Hall, A., Mbengue, A., Ouedraogo, S. and Dorai, K.

Keywords: innovation platform, institutional change, collaboration, dairy

‘RANGEWATCH’: An NDVI based method of estimating forage biomass in northern Australia. A case study in the western Kimberly region of Western Australia

Authors: Donald, G., Stovold, R., Santich, N., Lamb, D. and Mundava, C.

Keywords: rangeland management, pasture utilisation, remote sensing, biomass assessment, pasture growth, stocking numbers

Improving performance through adaptive grazing: Beetaloo Station

Authors: Douglas, J., Walsh, D., Christianson, K. and Armstrong, J.

Keywords: rotational grazing, pasture utilisation, sustainability, intensification

One river - many Journeys: fish and drought refuges in the Finke

Authors: Duguid, A., Schmarr, D., Mathwin, R., Hodgens, P., Cheshire, D., McNeil, D., Macdonald, J., Hammer, M. and Townsend, S.

Keywords: water, river, arid-zone, ecosystem, fish, refuge

The Australian Feral Camel Management Project – a model for managing the impacts of large feral herbivores at the landscape scale

Authors: Edwards, G., Digby, D., Bryan, R., Schwartzkopff, K, Hart, Q. and Bubb, A.

Keywords: landscape scale, feral herbivore, partnerships

Understanding wild dog predation dynamics in an Australian arid zone pastoral region

Authors: Eldridge, S., Miller, H., Read, J., Bird, P., Campbell, G., Van de Ven, R. and Allen, B.

Keywords: wild dog, dingo, 1080, cattle, mesopredator, predation

Investigating options for innovation in investment and policy models for rangelands

Authors: Forrest, K. and Drysdale, A.

Keywords: rangeland, collaboration, policy, investment

Validating satellite imagery products of woody thickening using aerial photograph interpretation: methods and preliminary results

Authors: Gibson, R., Horn, G., Gill, T., Denham, R., Watson, F. and Grant, R.

Keywords: Landsat, aerial photograph interpretation (API), woody thickening, western NSW

Identification of refugia in western NSW

Authors: Gill, T., Horn, G., Collerton, H., Grant, R. and Flood, N.

Keywords: refugia, landscape, climate, remote sensing, time-series, Landsat

Ngadju fire and conservation land management

Authors: Graham, D.


Wet season spelling: a producer demonstration site

Authors: Harris, C., Jones, P. and Bray, S.

Keywords: wet season spelling, land condition, pasture yield, vegetation

Working together to improve knowledge and understanding of climate change in the Australian rangelands

Authors: Healy, M-A., Forrest, K. and Bastin, G.

Keywords: climate change, NRM planning, collaboration, research, knowledge broker, adaptation

Australian Outback - Heart of a Continent

Authors: Hoggett, A.

Keywords: documentary, outback, future, rangeland, film, geography

Rangeland pastoralism: change and sustainability

Authors: Holmes, P.R

Keywords: pastoralism, rangelands, efficiency, change, sustainability, productivity, financial literacy, debt

Burdekin rangelands Grazing BMP and Extension support project – practice change

Authors: Holzwart, M., Nelson, B., Moravek, T. and Robertson, J.

Keywords: project, rangelands, practice change, extension, water quality

Expanding the range of control options for Calotropis procera (rubber bush) in the Barkly Tablelands

Authors: Humphrys, M., Campbell, S. and Steel, D.

Keywords: Calotrope, chemical, rangelands, threat, weed

Using eExtension to enable change in the rangelands

Authors: James, J.

Keywords: eExtension, change, adoption, flipped classroom, learning journey, webinar, social media

Spelling strategies for recovery of pasture condition

Authors: Jones, P., Harris, C. and Silcock, R.

Keywords: pasture yield, basal area

Martu Living Deserts Project – partnering for conservation led by Indigenous people

Authors: Jupp, T., See, P. and Martu rangers

Keywords: Martu, conservation, partnership, country, culture, threatened

Western Arrarnta Seasonal Chart

Authors: Kennedy, E., Brocklebank, C. and Inkamala, M.

Keywords: Western Arrarnta, seasonal chart, digital media

Challenging the concept of Aboriginal mosaic fire practices in the Lake Eyre Basin, with particular focus on Cooper Creek country and the adjoining Simpson Desert, 1845-2015

Authors: Kimber, R.G. and Friedel, M.H.

Keywords: mosaic burning, Channel country, spinifex, settlement, fire management

Developing an appropriate telecommunications strategy for remote Australia

Authors: Kohen, A. and Featherstone, D.


The Rangelands Partnership: information to spur innovation in rangeland research, education and practice

Authors: Kuden, J., Pfander, J. and Hutchinson, B.

Keywords: web portals, information systems, knowledge sharing, rangeland management, international collaboration, resources and videos

From concept to reality – developing new technology in remote Australia

Authors: Leigo, S., Phelps, D., Brennan, G., Driver, T. and McLean, I.

Keywords: technology, decision support systems, technology development and precision agriculture

Adaptive capacity on the rangelands

Authors: Marshall, N.A. and Curnock, M.

Keywords: social science, resilience, adoption of new practices, climate adaptation, vulnerability to change, resource dependency

Adaptation as a trigger for transformation pathways in remote Indigenous communities

Authors: Maru, Y.T., Race, D., Sparrow, C. and Mathew, S.

Keywords: remote vulnerability, remote resilience, transformation, Indigenous, disadvantage

Stacks of fire – proving the theory

Authors: Masters, K.

Keywords: fire, method, engagement, stakeholder, biodiversity, management

A framework for climate adaptation decision-making by local government in central Australia

Authors: Mathew, S., Gerritsen, R., Race, D. and Maru, Y.T.


A diary of a new bore

Authors: McMillan, H., Walsh, D., and Collier, C.

Keywords: stocking rate, pasture spelling, Mitchell grass, yield, cover

Achieving greater pastoral profit

Authors: MLA and AWI; Keynes, P.


Building on the knowledge of the Aboriginal land managers of tomorrow

Authors: Mooney, M.

Keywords: two-way science education, Indigenous ecological knowledge, two-way communication

Burdekin Grazing BMP and extension support project – a cost benefit analysis

Authors: Moravek, T. and Nelson, B.

Keywords: project evaluation, economics, extension and education, grazing bmp

Reading the signs: Arabana, water and country

Authors: Nursey-Bray, M.

Keywords: cultural indicators, Australia, water, Arabana, Indigenous

Extensive beef stocking rate strategies for coping with rainfall variability

Authors: Pahl, L.I., Scanlan, J.C., Whish, G.L., Cowley, R.A. and MacLeod, N.D

Keywords: stocking rate management, rainfall, pasture condition, cattle productivity

How well does NDVI correlate with green biomass, cover and diet quality?

Authors: Phelps, D.G., Houston, I.W. and Counsell, D.

Keywords: NDVI, Mitchell grass, biomass, diet quality, livestock productivity

MTP Contracting: running a remote NRM business on the Barkly Tablelands

Authors: Priest, J. and M.

Keywords: indigenous, Barkly, NRM, weeds, fee-for-service, innovation

‘Rangeland Self Herding’ - positively influencing grazing distribution to benefit livestock, landscapes and people

Authors: Revell, D.K., Maynard, B., Erkelenz, P.A. and Thomas, D.T.

Keywords: animal behaviour, grazing distribution, adaptive management, landscape function

How do mining towns contribute community value?: Roxby Downs and Leigh Creek

Authors: Robertson, S.

Keywords: mine lifecycle, planning, mine closure, enduring value, community, social responsibility

No room for wild dogs, white ants or elephants: the imperative of leading practice as multi-dimensional adaptation strategy in Australian rangeland business and public policy

Authors: Ronan, G., Dowd, A-M. and Cosgrove, K.

Keywords: leading practice, transformational adaptation, business strategy

Potential for innovations in pastoral management, ecological recovery and governance in the Nullarbor region of Western Australia

Authors: Safstrom, R. and Novelly, P.

Keywords: ecosystem, transition, sustainability, innovation, production, ecology

Degraded or just dusty? Examining 150 years of ecological change in inland eastern Australia

Authors: Silcock, J.L. and Fensham, R.J.

Keywords: degradation, explorers, grazing, vegetation change, rare species

Operator bias associated with visual assessments of pasture yield for forage budgets on native pasture

Authors: Spiegel, N.B., O’Reagain, P., Anderson, A. and Willis, M.R.

Keywords: stocking rates, pasture photo standards, Stocktake Plus, unpalatable yield

Land management on the Anangu Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Lands

Authors: Taylor, C., Holmes, K. and Doudle, S.

Keywords: APY, threatened species, fire, buffel grass, South Australia, IPA

Teaching the Word – “Waterponding” and “Waterspreading” – Aus Aid style

Authors: Thompson, R. and Sooriyakumar, P.

Keywords: waterponding, waterspreading, Aus Aid, African trainees, training, rehabilitation

Adding a new string to the bow of Indigenous pastoral businesses

Authors: Tincknell, J. and Craig, J-A.


Application of remote sensing for mapping and monitoring rangeland condition

Authors: Tindall, D., Scarth, P., Carter, J., Trevithick, R., Armston, J., Witte, C., Flood, N., Denham, R., Watson, F., Schmidt, M., Muir, J., Phinn, S., Danaher, T., Gill, T., Lucas, R., Barnetson, J. and Staben, G.

Keywords: remote sensing, modelling, mapping, land condition

Radicalising the rangelands: disruptive change or progressive policy?

Authors: Walker, B.W.

Keywords: rangeland futures, policy failure, governance, disruptive change, national interest

Ahead of the pack: what 30 years of commercial pastoral innovation can teach us

Authors: Walsh, D.

Keywords: productivity, profitability, Barkly Tableland, cattle

Cattle grazing found to have had no negative effect on soil organic carbon stocks at a site in the Northern Territory

Authors: Walsh, D. and Shotton, P.

Keywords: carbon farming, Barkly Tableland, grazing intensity, water point, vertosol

Aboriginal people choose new media for an old practice

Authors: Walsh, F., Catt, G. and Wells, D.

Keywords: fire management, indigenous knowledge, video production, Aboriginal rangers

Understanding climate science supports adaptation in indigenous rangeland management

Authors: Walsh, F., Davies, J., Lander, S., Carmody, M., Hill, R., Mooney, M., Sparrow, A. and Ltyentye Apurte Rangers

Keywords: climate science, climate change, erosion control, scientists, indigenous people, Aboriginal rangers

Palatable forbs less prolific than presumed on a black soil site in the Victoria River District

Authors: Ward, J. and Walsh, D.

Keywords: pasture composition, 3P grasses, land condition, cattle grazing

Developing a regional incentive for retaining rangeland ground cover

Authors: Waters, C.M., Hacker, R.B., Sinclair, K., Curtis, A., Lines-Kelly, R., Alemseged, Y. and Leys, J.

Keywords: ground cover, market-based instrument

The influence of managing grazing intensity on soil organic carbon and biodiversity

Authors: Waters, C.M., Melville, G., Orgill, S.E., Alemseged, Y., Smith, W., Toole, I., Atkinson, T., Gillespie, P., and Bloomfield, C.

Keywords: soil carbon, biodiversity, ground cover

A multi-disciplinary approach to research for the development of northern Australia

Authors: Watson, I., Petheram, C. and Stone, P.

Keywords: agricultural development; inter-disciplinary; northern development; land suitability; water resources; organizational learning

Impacts of pasture spelling on the performance of a beef grazing property in northern Australia

Authors: Whish, G., Pahl, L. and Bray, S.

Keywords: case-study property, simulated spelling strategies, land condition, animal productivity, property profitability