Multimedia

You can now watch a number of presentations about key northern Australia beef industry issues online. These videos, slidecasts, and webinar recordings have been grouped by topic:

 

Breeding and genetics

Breeder management to optimise reproductive performance and profit

Senior Beef Extension Officer Alan Laing outlines the key breeder management strategies to improve breeder herd performance (2:19 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

Breeder mortality project webinar

Steve Banney talks about the results of MLA project B.NBP.0664 “Determining property-level rates of breeder cow mortality in northern Australia”, which quantified the rates of breeder cow mortality in the extensive pastoral regions of northern Australia, and identified the main factors that appear to account for variation in these rates. Data from 45 properties estimates breeder mortality from 4.4% to 17.8% – indicating significant opportunities to reduce losses and increase profitability (67:19 minutes | 7 May 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 785 kB), and the final report (from the MLA website).

Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation (BBSE)

Senior Beef Extension Officer Alan Laing outlines Bull Breeding Soundess Evaluation (BBSE) as a process to identify the bulls that are most likely to achieve pregnancies in breeders (6:16 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

Drought and the breeder

In this presentation Dr Geoffry Fordyce (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation) discusses the new concepts for measuring breeder productivity, with insights from the recent Cash Cow project and their application to seasonal breeder management (28:28 minutes | 18 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Genetic tools

Alan Laing, Senior Beef Extension Officer with FutureBeef, outlines the genetic tools available to producers that will lead to the identification of breeding stock with superior genetics for breeding progeny that will inherit these performance fertility traits (6:46 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

Insights from the Cash Cow project

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Michael McGowan (Professor – Production, Animal Medicine, University of Queensland) discusses the findings of a Meat & Livestock Australia funded project that was designed to answer questions related to cattle reproduction and productivity. Hear Michael discuss “How much beef am I producing?”, “How much beef can I potentially sell?”, and “How much does it cost me?” (26:06 minutes | 10 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Keys to making genetic progress

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, David Johnston (Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit) discusses the impact of genetic selection on today’s beef industry. Topics covered include how genetics work, how fast you can go, where can we go, EBVs and much more (21:02 minutes | 6 February 2014). View on YouTube.

Learning from Cash Cow – the northern Australian beef fertility project

In this presentation, Professor Michael McGowan (University of Queensland) focuses on providing a practical approach to answering the question ‘How is my beef breeding business going?’. Michael also introduces a spreadsheet that will help beef producers: develop key performance indicators; measures estimates of beef production from breeding herds; create benchmarks defining what level of beef production and reproductive performance is commercially achievable by country type, and; identify the major factors that affect the likelihood of a cow contributing a weaner each year (1:09:35 minutes | 3 September 2014). View on YouTube. Download the webinar presentation slides (PDF 1.7 MB).

Managing breeder condition: Body condition score (BCS)

Bernie English from FutureBeef outlines the importance of breeder condition, body condition score, breeder management and how condition can be managed to maximise production from your breeding herd (11:17 minutes | 2 April 2012). View on YouTube.

Measuring the reproductive efficiency of your breeding herd

Dr Geoffry Fordyce, Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation, presents preliminary results from the Cash Cow project focussing on measuring breeder performance. These should be treated as preliminary results and only used to indicate trends at this stage (28:11 minutes | 17 May 2012). View on YouTube. Learn about the Cash Cow project.

Using NLIS and herd recording software

Alan Laing, Senior Beef Extension Officer with FutureBeef, outlines the advantages of using NLIS together with herd recording software to record pedigrees and lifetime performance of cattle (4:50 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

 

Business management

Northern cattle producers: can money be made from the Emissions Reduction Fund?

Meat & Livestock Australia, with support from the Australian Department of the Environment, investigated the opportunities available to major Australian pastoral companies to participate in the Government’s Emissions Reduction Fund (ERF). The project examined five different methods for livestock producers to earn carbon credits: reducing livestock emissions
increasing efficiency of fertiliser use; enhancing carbon in agricultural soils; managing savanna wildfires, and; sequestering carbon through vegetation and reforestation. This webinar addresses: the opportunities in the ERF; how carbon markets work, and;how livestock producers can earn extra income from participating in the ERF (51:01 minutes | 23 July 2015). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides: Can producers make money from the ERF? (PDF 1 MB) and Herd management method: carbon credits from cattle management (PDF 3 MB).

Adult equivalent methodology and tools: MLA project B.NBP.0779

In this presentation, Shane Blakeley and Ian McLean from Bush Agribusiness discuss their findings from a Meat & Livestock Australia funded project researching a new approach to adult equivalent methodology (50:30 minutes | 19 June 2014). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 791 kB).

Beef up your Twitter effectiveness

How does Twitter work and what opportunities does it present for the beef industry? Hear in this webinar recording how the beef industry is using Twitter and learn about how you can ‘beef up’ your influence beyond the farm gate, including what Twitter is and how it works, how different beef industry stakeholders are using Twitter to achieve goals, how to get involved in an AgChatOz on Twitter, and some tips to ‘beef up’ your Twitter effectiveness (57:10 minutes | 28 March 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 2.24 MB).

Decisions for drought affected producers

Two-thirds of Queensland is drought declared and we are potentially facing a second failed wet season. The few patchy rainfall events have brought limited relief to areas desperately needing it. Even if it rains in the next few weeks, it may be too late for useful pasture growth, so it’s timely to review and critically reflect on drought action plans and develop a way forward. In this webinar recording, FutureBeef senior extension officer Roger Sneath discusses:

  • the current situation and the year ahead: developing forage budgets, adjusting cattle numbers and long term planning
  • options and tools: sell, agist, feedlot, production or survival feeding, and spreadsheets available to help decide the best one for your situation
  • feed supplies: availability, cost and how to cost nutrients
  • producers’ reflections on drought.

For your convenience, here are the presentation slides (PDF 2.19 MB) and a list of useful links (PDF 215 kB) (50:55 minutes | 28 February 2014).

Grazing BMP

Hear how Grazing BMP helps identify the steps you need to take to incorporate best management practices into your enterprise with Peter Long, Project Coordinator (Fitzroy Basin Association), Jo Gangemi, Grazing BMP Industry Facilitator (DAFQ), and Michael Taylor, Industry Coordinator (AgForce Queensland) (54:04 minutes | 6 December 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 2.15 MB).

Improving the effectiveness of wild dog control

The impact of wild dogs on Australia’s cattle and sheep industries is a major concern for many producers. In this webinar Brett Carlsson from AgForce Queensland discusses: the ecology and biology of wild dogs and the impacts of hybridisation; how to best utilise current control tools, and; new tools on the horizon. Brett also discusses establishing local Wild Dog Committees and how this has improved control programs throughout central west Queensland. While this presentation focuses on Queensland, Northern Territory and Western Australia, it is relevant to any part of Australia suffering from wild dog attacks ( 1:01:51 minutes | 15 November 2013). Download the presentation slides (PDF 3.87 MB). View on YouTube.

Opportunities for irrigated agriculture

The production and economic context of beef production in northern Australia has been seriously challenged over the last decade. A recent CSIRO-Meat & Livestock Australia scoping study assessed a range of development scenarios that offer potential to significantly improve industry productivity and profitability. One scenario examined with major implications for the property feed base was irrigated forage crops. Project leader Dr Andrew Ash outlines the findings from the project and compares and contrasts these findings with other analyses of the benefits of irrigated forage and agricultural production (54:06 minutes | 30 July 2014). Download the presentation slides (PDF 2 MB). View on YouTube.

Pasture flood recovery

Stuart Buck (Senior Pasture Agronomist, DAF Queensland) explains the key points in pasture recovery from a flood event. Stuart covers the tolerances of grasses, various management options including pasture spelling, controlling weeds, re-seeding pasture and forage crop options and concludes with his key ‘take home’ messages (16:16 minutes | 3 March 2013). View on YouTube.

Practical options for the paddock – the why, the how and the what

As presented at Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Ian Braithwaite (Veterinary Surgeon, Mt Isa) discusses the management of our beef businesses and some of the new ideas being implemented into businesses across northern Australia. Topics covered include management systems, innovative operational concepts, optimal calving, herd dynamics and many, many more (31:29 minutes | 6 February 2014). View on YouTube.

Protecting your greatest asset – YOU

‘Protecting your greatest asset – YOU’ is a short talk designed to assist people affected by drought, although it is applicable to anyone who is ‘doing it tough’. The talk offers some self-help strategies to take care of yourself and others. It also gives some guidelines on when to seek additional help, and where to go for that help (20:03 minutes | 29 July 2014). View on YouTube.

Seasonal Climate Outlook for Summer

In this webinar recording, Vikash Prasad from the Bureau of Meteorology tells us about the Bureau’s new seven day forecast system. We then hear Dave McRae from the Queensland Government provide his seasonal climate outlook, along with the outlook from the Bureau’s new Predictive Ocean Atmosphere Model for Australia (41:13 minutes | 24 October 2013). Download the presentation slides (PDF 3.5 MB). View on YouTube.

Scoping opportunities for future investment

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Andrew Ash (Research Scientist, Climate Adaptation Flagship CSIRO) reviews the current issues and challenges facing the Australian beef industry and what might be achievable in productivity gains. Topics covered include increasing cost and debt, where can productivity gains be made, research and development, pastures and legumes, and nutrition (31:36 minutes | 6 February 2014). View on YouTube.

Using NLIS and herd recording software

Alan Laing, Senior Beef Extension Officer with FutureBeef, outlines the advantages of using NLIS together with herd recording software to record pedigrees and lifetime performance of cattle (4:50 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

Using records to better define beef cattle production

Lee Taylor (Senior Veterinary Technical Manager, Livestock Extensive – Zoetis), outlines the fundamentals in using on-farm records to better define beef cattle production. Topics covered include – defining the problem, who is affected, what is the syndrome, where and when is it occurring, and many more… (21:46 minutes | 6 May 2013). View on YouTube.

What is VegMachine®?

Terry Beutel (Senior Scientist, DAF Rockhampton) explains how VegMachine can help you to find out how your ground cover is changing through time, and whether changes are driven by management or climate or both (5:57 minutes | 21 August 2013). View on YouTube.

Will it rain this year?

Much of Queensland and other areas across northern Australia missed out on a wet season last year. Half of Queensland is now drought declared. So the question on everyone’s lips is “Will it rain this year?”. In this presentation hear from Dave McRae, a well-known climate commentator from the Queensland Government, who will explore the variability of our climate – particularly rainfall (droughts and floods). It will also look at the use and relevance of seasonal forecasts and some tools to aid in decision making. While the focus is on Queensland, it will also cover New South Wales, Victoria and the Northern Territory . The webinar includes an overview of our climate, the main drivers of our climate at different timescales, the variability of our climate particularly rainfall (droughts and floods), the use and relevance of seasonal forecasts, case studies using seasonal forecasts, and some tools to aid in decision making (56:40 minutes | 17 September 2013). View on YouTube. Download the webinar presentation slides (PDF 1.7 MB).

 

Environmental management

National Livestock Methane Program

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Tom Davison (Manager – Climate Change R&D, Meat & Livestock Australia) outlines the management and adaption of life cycle assessment and climate forecasting within the framework of the national livestock methane program. Tom’s discussion includes the research in enteric fermentation, manure, nitrous oxide emissions, soil carbon and modelling and how they align to government and industry objectives (20:16 minutes | 31 March 2014). View on YouTube.

 

Feedlots

Feedlot industry investment

In this webinar David Brown, West Talgai Feedlot (Queensland) discusses feedlot industry investment – giving a practical view of production, management and financial economics of lotfed cattle (35:41 minutes | 19 February 2012). View on YouTube.

 

Grazing land management

16 years of grazing research at Wambiana grazing trial

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Peter O’Reagain (Principal Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) discusses 16 years of grazing research at the Wambiana grazing trial. Peter’s discussion includes the implementation of different stocking rates, cattle production, seasonal challenges, economic challenges and their impacts on overall productivity and profitability (26:49 minutes | 31 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Burn your bush before it bites back – lessons from Kidman Springs fire trial 1993-2013

In this presentation, Dr Robyn Cowley (Senior Scientist, NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries) focuses on providing producers with a practical approach to answering the question of… When is it best to use fire as a management tool? How hot and how often? Robyn explains getting the fire frequency and timing right for optimal management of woody cover and pasture composition in northern Australian grazed tropical savannas from the results of the Kidman Springs fire experiment 1993-2013 (53:55 minutes | 29 October 2014). Download the webinar presentation slides (PDF 4.19 MB). View on YouTube.

Climate Savvy Grazing – Grazing management in the Fitzroy Woodlands

In late June 2012, graziers converged on Monteagle Station in the Fitzroy Woodlands to see the results of spelling trials and learn about the science and best practice for managing stocking rates and burning pasture. Paul Jones organised the field days two years into the spelling trials (14:20 minutes | 4 February 2013). View on YouTube.

Climate Savvy Grazing – Variable and changing climate

As rain fell on the Great Dividing Range in Alpha, late June 2012, and the Carbon Tax loomed on the horizon, graziers settled in to hear the latest on climate science impacts on their business. The day was one of five field days organised by senior scientist Paul Jones from DAF (10:59 minutes | 4 February 2013). View on YouTube.

Fire – master or servant? Your call!

Col Paton, Ecorich Grazing (formerly Queensland Government) discusses in this webinar how long has fire been part of the ecosystem; the roles that can fire play in managing grazing lands; fire and soil organic matter; how we can use fire without damaging grazing lands, and planning firebreaks so you can have controlled fires when you want (56:41 minutes | 19 February 2012). View on YouTube.

Forage budgeting: Introduction

First in a four part video training series on how to develop a forage budget (3:00 minutes | 5 May 2013). View on YouTube.

Forage budgeting: Feed supply

Second in a four part video training series on how to develop a forage budget (13:59 minutes | 5 May 2013). View on YouTube.

Forage budgeting: Feed demand

Third in a four part video training series on how to develop a forage budget (15:16 minutes | 5 May 2013). View on YouTube.

Forage budgeting: Bringing it all together

Final video in a four part training series on how to develop a forage budget (11:16 minutes | 5 May 2013). View on YouTube.

Grazing BMP – perception, conception and use

Matt Brown (FutureBeef Extension Officer, Rockhampton) guides you through Grazing BMP – a voluntary benchmarking tool for producers and industry. Matt covers a number of topics including, how it came to be, the modules within the program and demonstrates how the data is collected and used (57:49 minutes | 12 December 2012). View on YouTube.

Grazing in good times – the Dunblane experiments

A record of the Dunblane field day demonstrating how to make the best of a big season (14:27 minutes | 21 February 2012). View on YouTube.

Grazing systems – fact and fiction

In this FutureBeef webinar, Trevor Hall talks about the effects of rotational and cell grazing systems on the condition and productivity of pastures in northern Australia. The presentation draws on a recently completed evaluation of contrasting grazing systems (continuous, rotational, cell) on each of nine Queensland properties, located from Condamine in the south to Richmond in the north. Read more about grazing land management in northern Australia (54:18 minutes | 1 December 2011). View on YouTube.

Managing Mitchell grass on Goodwood

Hear how Rick and Anne Britton have developed a wet season spelling strategy to suit their beef breeding enterprise within the Boulia Shire (7:38 minutes | 11 September 2012). View on YouTube.

Managing Mitchell grass – the Wongan experience

This clip demonstrates increasing productivity through improving the quality and quantity of native pastures (11:15 minutes | 5 June 2012). View on YouTube.

Mitchell grass paddock walk

This video shows a series of paddock walk field days about wet season spelling in western Queensland (4:06 minutes | 10 September 2011). View on YouTube.

Pasture flood recovery

Stuart Buck (Senior Pasture Agronomist, DAF Queensland) explains the key points in pasture recovery from a flood event. Stuart covers the tolerances of grasses, various management options including pasture spelling, controlling weeds, re-seeding pasture and forage crop options and concludes with his key ‘take home’ messages (16:16 minutes | 3 March 2013). View on YouTube.

What is Stocktake pasture monitoring?

FutureBeef extension officers Karl McKellar and Bob Shepherd discuss the features and application of the Stocktake pasture monitoring program for a grazing business (1:43 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

ABCD land condition framework overview

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd discusses the ABCD grazing land condition framework (1:47 minutes | 11 September 2012). View on YouTube.

Land condition A

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd demonstrates the components of A (excellent) condition grazing land (2:33 minutes | 24 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Land condition B

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd demonstrates the components of B (fair) condition grazing land (2:47 minutes | 23 Oct 2012). View on YouTube.

Land condition C

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd demonstrates the components of C (poor) condition grazing land (2:32 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Land condition D

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd demonstrates the components of D (very poor) condition grazing land (1:33 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Rehabilitation of D condition land

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd discusses options for rehabilitating grazing land in D (very poor) condition (1:53 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Assessing woodland density for grazing lands

FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd demonstrates how to measure woodland density using a dendrometer, as part of a grazing land condition assessment (1:00 minute | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Stocktake workshop testimonial – Grant Matthews

Grant Matthews (Velpre near Charters Towers) talks with FutureBeef extension officer Bob Shepherd about his experience at a Stocktake pasture monitoring workshop (1:44 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Forage budgeting overview

FutureBeef extension officers Karl McKellar and Bob Shepherd discuss the benefits of doing a forage budget for a grazing business. Bob demonstrates how to measure the yield of pasture within a paddock for a forage budget (2:51 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Stocktake workshop testimonial – Steve Anderson (1)

Steve Anderson (manager of Spyglass Research Station near Charters Towers) talks with FutureBeef extension officer Karl McKellar about the Stocktake pasture monitoring program (1:04 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Stocktake workshop testimonial – Steve Anderson (2)

Steve Anderson (manager of Spyglass Research Station near Charters Towers) talks with FutureBeef extension officer Karl McKellar about the Stocktake pasture monitoring program and particularly land condition monitoring (1:14 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Understanding landtypes for forage budgeting

FutureBeef extension officer Karl McKellar discusses the importance of understanding landtypes for forage budgeting and where to get more information (0:46 minutes | 23 October 2012). View on YouTube.

Wet season spelling – a grease and oil change for your grass!

Just like a Toyota or a road train, pastures need some regular repair and maintenance to keep them running at their best. Increasingly, northern beef producers are asking for information and advice on wet season spelling. Join presenters Dionne Walsh and Ross Peatling as they cover some of the most common questions including frequency and duration, results and benefits, and potential pitfalls in this webinar recording (44:35 minutes | 13 December 2012). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 2 MB).

 

Health and disease

Pestivirus in Queensland beef herds

Dr Geoffry Fordyce (QAAFI) discusses pestivirus in Queensland beef herds (55:51 minutes | 12 February 2012). View on YouTube.

Pimelea and its management

Toxic pimelea species (desert riceflowers and flaxweed) are native plants found throughout inland Australia on pastoral lands. Three ephemeral species (Pimelea simplex, P. elongata, and P. trichostachya) are poisonous to livestock, resulting in heavy losses in some years. In this webinar Jenny Milson discusses pimelea poisoning in cattle and its management (47:57 minutes | 19 February 2012). Download a copy of ‘Understanding pimelea poisoning in cattle‘ – a 42-page booklet which describes the clinical signs of pimelea poisoning, treatments and management strategies, and includes recent experimental feeding and herbicide trials, plus case studies detailing the personal experiences of producers. View the webinar on YouTube.

 

Husbandry

NLIS as a management tool

See how Australia’s National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) can be used as a management tool to improve Australian livestock enterprises. Read more about the National Livestock Identification System (NLIS) (6:33 minutes | 13 January 2012). View on YouTube.

Using NLIS and herd recording software

Alan Laing, Senior Beef Extension Officer with FutureBeef, outlines the advantages of using NLIS together with herd recording software to record pedigrees and lifetime performance of cattle (4:50 minutes | 3 May 2012). View on YouTube.

Weaner management in northern beef herds

The recently published ‘Weaner management in northern beef herds’ (available from the MLA website) is a compilation of the latest research, demonstration and practical knowledge available in northern Australia. Join the principal author Russ Tyler as he discusses the best management practices for feeding and educating weaners and weaning young light calves under difficult conditions to reduce mortality and improve breeder fertility (45:02 minutes | 23 April 2012). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides.

 

Markets and marketing

Beef supply chain development

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Brad McCormick (State Beef Leader, Western Australia Department of Agriculture and Food) reviews the whole supply chain approach to market development for the Australian beef industry with the aim of developing robust beef supply chains. Topics covered include the key challenges, aligning seasonal supply and increasing the value of the processing sector (18:53 minutes | 10 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Growth paths for meeting market specs

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Stu McLennan (Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation) updates the growth path optimisation grazing project and discusses new research in relation to the project and the implications and future directions involved. Stu discusses the factors influencing seasonal feeding strategies including the interaction of compensatory gain and response to supplements, pasture utilisation, HGP effect, skeletal growth and economic outcomes (22:33 minutes | 31 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Long-distance MSA transport

More cattle producers will be able to cash-in on Meat Standards Australia (MSA) premiums following recent changes to the grading system’s transport protocols. In this webinar you will hear from MSA pathways coordinator Rod Polkinghorne and far western Queensland beef producer Cameron Daley, about the new MSA transport protocol, findings from the research project, and how the new MSA transport protocol is likely to benefit producers in more remote areas that currently cannot access MSA premiums (50:00 minutes | 30 July 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 924 kB).

Meat quality of grain finished, entire, male Bos indicus cattle

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Lee Fitzpatrick (James Cook University) discusses the findings of an Meat & Livestock Australia funded project to evaluate carcass yield and quality, and consumer eating quality of young short-scrotum and entire male Bos indicus cattle. Lee discusses the project’s protocols, data and findings (26:43 minutes | 10 March 2014). View on YouTube.

Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System – Update

In this presentation, Lisa Cotter (Cattle Council), Jon Condon (Beef Central) and Geoff Teys (Teys Meats) discuss the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System. Topics include how to gain certification, what it costs and meeting the PCAS standards (58:52 minutes | 3 July 2014). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 1.6 MB).

Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System – What’s involved?

Producers across Australia have shown considerable interest in the new Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System (PCAS) since it was launched recently. Premiums of 10 to 20 c/kg have already been discussed by early-adopter processors. In this webinar, hear from PCAS program coordinator Angela Schuster and Teys Australia Livestock General manager Geoff Teys, as they outline the purposes of the PCAS program; why it was introduced by Cattle Council of Australia; the audit process and what’s involved in compliance; the ‘ins and outs’ of allowable feedstuffs under a pasture fed standard; allowable cattle movements from non-PCAS properties and other information of value to stakeholders considering joining the program (51:43 minutes | 6 July 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 384 kB).

The global beef market – how to make a difference

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Peter Barnard (General Manager – Trade and Economic Services, Meat & Livestock Australia) discusses the trends in global beef markets and “What’s happening…”. Hear Peter discuss the challenges of costs, the pressures of supply on prices, developed and developing markets, the demands from Asia, and much more (30:27 minutes | 31 March 2014). View on YouTube.

 

Nutrition

Hormone growth promotants (HGPs) in the NT

When Trisha Cowley, beef extension officer with the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries, embarked on a two year Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) with a cattle station located about 300 km south of Katherine in the Northern Territory, the questions asked by local producers included cost effectiveness under NT growth rates, profitable strategies, hidden costs, and implant losses (51:57 minutes | 8 November 2012). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 1.18 MB).

Nitrate supplements, methane and remote technologies

A new producer demonstration trial is attempting to identify novel methods to improve the precision of supplementation while simultaneously demonstrating practical methane mitigation technologies via supplements. The trial is also testing the effect of free choice supplementation concepts to further understand animal performance and its relationship with supplement use, watering and grazing behaviour. It utilises innovative remote livestock monitoring/management technologies to quantify all individual animal responses. This webinar covers: methane from livestock basics; the basics of non-protein nitrogen supplementation and why nitrate; PDS trial design, aims, preliminary data and where it will go (1:18:34 minutes | 28 November 2013). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 6.18 MB).

Phosphorus management of beef cattle in northern Australia

The recently published ‘Phosphorus management of beef cattle in northern Australia’ is a compilation of the latest research, demonstration and practical knowledge available in northern Australia. You can now download or order it from the MLA website. In this webinar, principal author Désirée Jackson discusses management decisions surrounding classes of stock that are a priority for P feeding, when to feed P supplements, formulating P supplements, how much P to feed, how to effectively feed P, benefits of P feeding, signs of P deficiency, diagnostic tests for P status of cattle, and economic responses to P feeding (59:09 minutes | 20 November 2012). View on YouTube. Also available are the webinar presentation slides (PDF 2 MB).

 

Pastures and forage crops

Guide to pasture photo monitoring

FutureBeef extension officer Olivia Pisani outlines how photo monitoring can assist graziers with grazing land management decisions and how to select and set up photo monitoring sites (5:14 minutes | 23 April 2012). View on YouTube.

Maximising beef production and profits using high quality forages

Maree Bowen (Principal Research Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) provides an overview of the results and discusses the key findings of this project that examined the relative production and profitability of key alternative forage options for backgrounding and finishing cattle in central Queensland. Using perennial grass-only pastures as a baseline for comparison, four years of field work on commercial beef properties across the Fitzroy Basin was completed to benchmark and analyse high quality forages (53:17 minutes | 21 May 2015). View on YouTube.

New reports on FORAGE for the Burdekin region

FORAGE is a web-based system which generates and distributes information relating to climate and pasture condition at user-specified locations, including grazing properties in Queensland. This webinar presents information on several new FORAGE reports that have been developed specifically for the Burdekin region of Queensland under the Reef Water Quality Science Program (37:04 minutes | 28 October 2014). View on YouTube.

Pasture flood recovery

Stuart Buck (Senior Pasture Agronomist, DAF Queensland) explains the key points in pasture recovery from a flood event. Stuart covers the tolerances of grasses, various management options including pasture spelling, controlling weeds, re-seeding pasture and forage crop options and concludes with his key ‘take home’ messages (16:16 minutes | 3 March 2013). View on YouTube.

Pasture legumes in Queensland – a new wave

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Kendrick Cox (Senior Scientist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) poses the question… “Are we on the crest of a new wave of legume development in Queensland?” Kendrick discusses the ‘humble bean’, legumes in pastures, and the development, collection and evaluation of legumes (11:34 minutes | 6 April 2014). View on YouTube.

Sown pasture rundown: the productivity decline of improved grass pastures

The depletion of sown pasture growth due to rundown has reduced beef production by over 50%, and will cost the northern Australian beef industry more than $17 billion over the next 30 years. In this presentation, Brian Johnson and Stuart Buck from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Sown Pasture Team outline the causes, the common symptoms and the management strategies to combat sown pasture rundown. Sown pasture rundown is not a new phenomenon, however recent analysis demonstrates a range of management options can have a positive economic impact on beef businesses (53:53 minutes | 10 November 2014). View on YouTube.

The diversity and potential within the legume Desmanthus

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Chris Gardiner (Livestock Production Systems, James Cook University) discusses the potential of one particular legume – Desmanthus. He discusses its origin, geographical spread and its beneficial properties (9:55 minutes | 6 April 2014). View on YouTube.

Where do we stand with weeds from a research perspective?

As presented at the Northern Beef Research Update Conference 2013, Shane Campbell (Weeds and Pest Animal Operations, Biosecurity Queensland) discusses the weed issues in the rangelands and the key focus areas of effective biological control, the refinement of control options and modelling techniques to guide strategic management. Next, Tim Heard (Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO) discusses bio-control of pastoral weeds of northern Australia – a summary of recent projects (28:47 minutes | 31 March 2014). View on YouTube.

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