Dionne Walsh, ARS President, updates readers on the latest from the Australian Rangeland Society.
Range Management Newsletter 22/2
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?
The next ARS Biennial Conference will be held in Broome in September 2023. Planning is well underway for this event particularly the ever-popular day tours! Read more to find out how you can be involved.
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, 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.
A draft Kati Thanda – Lake Eyre Basin Strategic Plan has recently been developed looking at the vision and long-term management for the basin. Find out how you can participate in the upcoming public consultations.
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.
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.
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.
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?
Council has recently appointed a new Social Media Editor to follow on from the excellent work of Sarah Moles. Find out who the new Editor is and how you can contact her.
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.
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.
Find the latest videos from FutureBeef; podcasts from Central Station, The Weekly Grill and Art of Range; as well as IUCN’s Crossroads blog.
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.
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.
The views expressed in this newsletter are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the official policy or position of the ARS.