ABCD Framework

The ABCD Management Practice Framework was designed over 10 years ago to highlight and facilitate communication about the different levels, or standards, of management practice within agricultural industries, that relate to different levels of water quality (sediment, nutrients, herbicides).

The ABCD Management Practice Framework provides a definition of (and pathway to) improvement from Dated to Better Practices, through to Aspirational or 'cutting edge' practices.

It is important to specify the year of reference for any ABCD Management Practice Framework. Over time, changes in knowledge, technology, costs and market conditions may validate cutting-edge Aspirational practices so they eventually become industry endorsed best management practices within an ABCD Management Practice Framework.

ABCD Framework for Grazing 2016

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ABCD Framework for Agriculture 2016

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Grazing Self Assessment

 
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Continuous high stocking rates

Continuous high stocking rate. No pasture monitoring. Ground cover targets exceeded for most grazing land types in most years.

Property specific – no differentiation between grazing land types

Pasture management strategy based on the major grazing land type. Carrying capacity based on annual pasture monitoring in spring and autumn conducted for the major grazing land type. Stocking rates adjusted in response to pasture monitoring if required to achieve ground cover targets.

Property specific – independent management of less resilient grazing land types (as per Gully, Fire and Road management below)

Pasture management strategy that independently manages the resilient and less resilient grazing land types. Carrying capacity based on annual monitoring in spring and autumn conducted for resilient and less resilient grazing land types. Stocking rates adjusted independently for the resilient and less resilient grazing land types in response to pasture monitoring if required to achieve ground cover targets.

Property Specific – independent management of less resilient grazing land types (as per Gully, Fire and Road management below) plus wet season spelling

Pasture management strategy that independently manages the resilient and less resilient grazing land types. Carrying capacity based on consideration of longer term inter-annual variability and annual pasture monitoring in spring and autumn conducted for resilient and less resilient grazing land types. Stocking rates adjusted independently for the resilient and less resilient grazing land types in response to pasture monitoring if required to achieve ground cover targets. Wet season spelling used periodically in the management of all grazing land types.