Darling Downs Industry: The Australian red meat industry has implemented a broad range of initiatives in response to the potential impacts of cattle and sheep farming on biodiversity - including research into sustainable land management practices and how farmers can minimise the impact on their land. Much of this research is ongoing, with the findings being developed into a range of tools that will enable farmers to change management practices in a way that protects the diverse ecosystems on-farm as well as ensuring their production businesses remain economically viable.
Biodiversity: Australia's cattle and sheep industry, occupying around 50% of land used in Australia, has a large impact on biodiversity and the subsequent ecosystem services that benefits both the producers and broader communities. This ranges from the direct impacts of land clearing, overgrazing and trampling, to indirect impacts such as the introduction of weeds, changes to fire regimes, altered hydrological flows and major impacts on soil. The State of Environment report indicates grazing has a high impact.
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