Australian Rangeland Society

Range Management Newsletter 22/2

FROM THE PRESIDENT

Dionne Walsh, ARS President, updates readers on the latest from the Australian Rangeland Society.

WHAT’S YOUR VIEW ON DINGOES IN THE RANGELANDS?

The role and impact of dingoes in Australia’s rangelands often provokes opposing views and opinions.  Should they be considered an apex predator and managed accordingly, or are they simply a pest, creating substantial financial costs for livestock producers? What is your view?

CACTUS HUNTING AND CONTROL IN THE SHIRE OF LEONORA

The ‘Cactus Hunters’ have carried out annual surveys of likely locations for infestations of cactus in the Leonora shire of Western Australia since 2005.  They have focussed on two particular species, Coral Cactus and Riverina Pear, both classed as ‘Weeds of National Significance’. Chemical spraying and spreading Cochineal insects has been carried out to control large stands. But after all this time are they winning the battle?

CONGRATULATIONS TO RORY TREWEEKE AM

Congratulations to Rory Treweeke, a longstanding and active member of the Australian Rangeland Society who was awarded membership of the General Division of the Order of the Order of Australia in the 2022 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.

IYRP 2026 UPDATE

Preparations for IYRP 2026 are moving along with support from over 300 organisations across the globe. Read more to see what has happened over recent months and what is coming up in the next few months.

VIEWS FROM THE PAST

Are you interested in the history of Australia’s rangelands? Or do you just like looking at old photographs? Paul Novelly has discovered a great collection of rangeland-related snaps which are available for everyone to view.

WHAT’S IN THE LATEST ISSUE OF THE RANGELAND JOURNAL?

The latest issue of the Rangelands Journal looks at spider diversity; soil factors constraining buffel grass growth; cattle growth, diet and supplementation in the semi-arid tropics of NW Queensland; and building resilience on beef cattle properties. Check out the summaries here.

RAINFALL IN THE RANGELANDS

As we all know, some parts of Australia have received large amounts of rain in recent months. But did the amounts received correspond to what was predicted? And how much follow up rain is likely to arrive?

ARS PRESIDENT’S REPORT – PRESENTED AT THE AGM, 25 MAY 2022

The ARS President, Dionne Walsh, highlights some of the Council and Society activities undertaken during 2021 including the Biennial Conference held in Longreach, the first ever recipient of the Award of Excellence in Rangeland Management and strategic plans for the Society.

HOT OFF THE PRESS

In this digital age there seems to be an ever-increasing number of outlets to get news and information about what is happening in the rangelands. Catch up on some of the most recent rangeland articles here.

VIDEOS, PODCASTS AND BLOGS

Find the latest videos from FutureBeef; podcasts from Central Station, The Weekly Grill and Art of Range; as well as IUCN’s Crossroads blog.

MEMBERSHIP REPORT

It is great to see that the Society is attracting new members. We are delighted these members have joined and hope they are enjoying what the Society has to offer in the way of resources and networking.

FROM THE EDITOR

I hope that you have enjoyed reading the July issue of the Range Management Newsletter.   It was great to receive a number of volunteered articles for this issue and I would like to thank the authors for their time and effort.  I would also encourage other readers to submit articles for future issues – please contact me at any time to discuss your ideas.

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The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the ARS.