Trish and Barry Christie
Wavily & Woodlea, South Burnett
Trish and Barry Christie manage two properties in the Burrandowan and Cooranga North districts in the South Burnett. As a multi-generational business, they run a commercial beef breeding and backgrounding operation over almost 2500 hectares across their properties “Wavily” and “Woodlea”.
At a glance
Location: Burrandowan and Cooranga North, South Burnett
Property size: 2795ha
Type of operation: Beef breeding and background operation
Through Project Pioneer, Trish identified the areas of their business which were in need of improvement and proactively addressed their land management problems.
“We weren’t concentrating on land condition, and importantly soil health,” Trish said.
“We had a profitable business with healthy cattle, but Project Pioneer turned around the entire focus of our business. We now have a clearer focus on land and soil condition, as well as the other elements of our operation.”
Barry said while it would take years to reap the full benefits of the regenerative practices implemented through the Project, they know already there had been positive change.
“Land condition and pasture quality and diversity are a big part of every decision we make. We are constantly monitoring the progress in the paddock and now always have a shovel with us to take a better look at what’s happening in our soils. We never would have done that before!” he said.
“Previously we have grown single species pastures, but this winter we will plant a multi species pasture under irrigation over rested country to improve soil health.”
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Project Pioneer is funded by the partnership between the Australian Government’s Reef Trust and the Great Barrier Reef Foundation. The project is delivered by RCS with support from WWF, Maia Technology, Farm Map 4D and CQUniversity.