Cattle outnumber people 7:1 in northern
Australia with an estimated herd size of 7.3 million beef
cattle. Cattle grazing is the most extensive land-based industry in
Australia's tropical savannas so it needs to be managed
Grazing cattle was one of the
first industries to be established in northern Australia by early
European settlers in the late 1800s. This region, north of
the Tropic of Capricorn, covers about 180 million hectares of land
with 84% of the total area native pasture (Source: Meat &
Why is the pastoral industry so significant in
How has history shaped the cattle industry in northern
Compare past and present grazing practices. Were they and
are they sustainable?
focuses on the past, present and future of the pastoral industry in
northern Australia. It also explores the events, people and
practices that have shaped cattle grazing.