Tree change ready reckoner

News release | 04-Sep-2020

Key points:

  • If you live on an acreage property on the edge of an urban area with a small number of animals, then we’ve got a guide for you.
  • The ‘Guide to managing livestock on small properties’ is an invaluable resource for people making a tree change to a more rural lifestyle.
  • It includes information on managing soil and pasture in a changing climate, dealing with pests, and caring for animals including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and pigs.
  • It also contains important information on property registration, livestock movements requirements, farm biosecurity and the general biosecurity obligations for landholders.

If you’re one of the growing number of people moving to small acreage property on the edge of an urban area with a small number of animals, then we’ve got a guide for that.

Ted Parish, Manager, Small Landholder Livestock Response, said the newly-available ‘Guide to managing livestock on small properties’ was an invaluable resource for the many people making a tree change to a more rural lifestyle.

“The guide provides useful information to small landholders on managing soil and pasture in a changing climate, dealing with pests, and caring for animals including horses, cattle, sheep, goats, alpacas and pigs,” Mr Parish said.

“This is very timely as an increasing number of us are choosing life on acreage over larger towns and cities.

“Queensland’s peri-urban sector stretches from the tropical north all the way down the New South Wales border.

“There are close to 60,000 properties occupied by small landholders with fewer than 50 head of livestock, which represents about 55 percent of all registered land holdings in the state.

“The new lifestyle comes with some unique tasks and challenges. For many, their skill levels will vary greatly, and it may be the first time they’ve ever lived outside of a city.

“Caring for animals requires a lot of effort and expertise, especially during a prolonged drought, so we’re keen to give people as much information as possible to make the task more achievable, and help ensure the welfare of animals on small holdings.”

The free ‘Guide to managing livestock on small properties’ is available at Daf.qld.gov.au/animalsindrought

Media contact: DAF Media, media@daf.qld.gov.au