Grazing BMP animal production module resources

Good animal production management determines the number and type of cattle sold which provides business income. The Grazing BMP animal production module covers:

  1. land capability and condition
  2. markets and marketing
  3. reproduction
  4. weaning and weaner management
  5. nutrition
  6. genetics.

This page summarises the references used to create the animal production module and highlights additional, complementary resources and activities that you may find useful. Visit the Grazing BMP website to find out more.

FutureBeef staff

Burdekin Fitzroy
Dave Smith Matt Brown
Kate Brown Jo Gangemi
Karl McKellar Lauren Williams
Jim Fletcher
Mick Sullivan
Byrony Daniels

Extension activity and workshops

Breeding EDGE – A three day interactive and practical workshop that covers all aspects of reproduction and genetics.

Bull selection – A one day hands-on, practical workshop shows you how to improve your breeding program by evaluating your bulls’ genetics and its ability to serve and reproduce.

Nutrition EDGE – A three day interactive workshop covering all aspects of animal nutrition.

Pregnancy diagnosis – Training to manually test for pregnancy.

Publications

Priority list of endemic diseases for the red meat industries (PDF, 4MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia final report (2015).

Heifer management in northern beef herds (Second edition) (PDF, 1MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2012). Heifer management is a short, readable guide to best practice management for graziers, station managers, stockmen and women, and animal husbandry students.

Managing the breeder herd: practical steps to breeding livestock in northern Australia (PDF, 973KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2006). A summary of the key information from the Breeding EDGE workshop manual.

Weaner management in northern beef herds (PDF, 3MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2012). This book describes best management practice for feeding and educating weaners; and weaning of young, light calves under difficult conditions to reduce mortality and improve breeder fertility.

Beef cattle nutrition: an introduction to the essentials (PDF, 3MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2006). A summary of the key information from the Nutrition EDGE workshop manual.

Phosphorus management of beef cattle in northern Australia (PDF, 2MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2012). This book outlines general principles that can be applied to strategies and practices when feeding phosphorus to beef cattle.

Bull selection – buying better bulls (2003) (PDF, 2MB). Bull selection will help you to use key fertility measures based on a Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation, define and seek the necessary genetic traits when selecting a bull, use sound breeding objectives and select more profitable sires for your herd.

Breeding for profit (2000) (PDF, 1MB). This booklet will help you to: define markets, determine breeding goals and plan breeding programs. It covers topics such as achievable gains from a planned breeding program; market identification; analysis of current herd performance; breeding methods; crossbreeding systems; breed selection; superior sire selection; and managing a crossbred herd.

Fact sheets

$Indexes for beef cattle (PDF, 398KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2005)

The accuracy and success of EBVs (PDF, 234KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2005)

Buying better bulls (PDF, 287KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2005)

Expanded use of molasses for intensive beef cattle feeding (PDF, 291KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2008)

Yard weaning methods for preparing feeder cattle (PDF, 285KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (1997)

Software and technology

FORAGE – rainfall, pasture, ground cover and satellite reports for user-specified locations, Queensland Government

Decision support tools for grazing land management

Using high quality forages to meet beef markets in the Fitzroy River catchment (2010) (PDF, 2MB)

NIRS technology – dung analyses to directly assess diet quality

Web-based resources

The European Union Cattle Accreditation Scheme (EUCAS) (PDF, 80KB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2011)

Meat Standards Australia beef information kit (PDF, 2MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2011)

More Beef from Pastures – Module 7: Meeting market specifications, Meat & Livestock Australia

Livestock Production Assurance

Collected references relevant to breeding and genetics

More Beef from Pastures – Module 5: Weaner throughput, Meat & Livestock Australia

A guide to best practice husbandry in beef cattle: branding, castrating and dehorning (PDF, 3MB) – download from Meat & Livestock Australia (2008)

BREEDPLAN – A performance recording system, operated by the National Beef Recording Scheme, which uses an animal’s own performance plus the performance of all known relatives in the herd and all genetically correlated (or related) traits to estimate breeding values.

BreedObject – A genetic selection aid for breeders, buyers and sellers of beef seedstock. BreedObject uses BREEDPLAN EBVs.

More Beef from Pastures – Module 4: Cattle genetics, Meat & Livestock Australia