This guide used the best information available at the time of publication. It is intended to help you assess what type of flood is likely to occur in your area and indicate what amount of feed you might expect. Authors: David Phelps, Terry Beutel, Chris Holloway, Ian Houston, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, and Steven Cobbin (Southern Gulf NRM) 2018. A higher resolution version of the map is available by contacting FutureBeef.
Download a copy of the Flinders river catchment flood rules of thumb (PDF, 11 MB)
A small proportion of livestock are identified as being unfit to load onto ships during pre-embarkation inspections. These animals are identified as sick, injured, weak or physiologically unsuitable for transport and must be managed optimally to ensure welfare is not unduly compromised. The information provided in this manual will assist in standardising the approaches to treatment and management of these animals. Click here to download your copy of Management of unfit to load livestock (PDF, 1 MB)
From the CashCow project, comes this comprehensive yet succinct eight page document, designed to assist producers to identify where productivity issues might lie. Derived from the observations from 78,000 cows in 142 breeding mobs across 72 properties between 2008 and 2011, this document highlights the importance of data collection and how to use the information at hand to make informed decisions moving forward. Set out in an easy to read step-by-step format, with helpful explanatory diagrams, this one comes as a definite must read for any beef producer. Download your copy of Could your herd be more productive? (PDF, 750 KB)
Helping grazing businesses become more profitable and drought resilient is the aim of a QDAF project funded by the Queensland Government’s Drought and Climate Adaptation Program. Economic analyses are being conducted for a number of regions across Queensland. A range of management strategies and technologies aimed at making grazing businesses more profitable and drought resilient are being assessed. In addition, the project is examining options in the drought response and recovery phases. A report summarising results for the Fitzroy NRM region of central Queensland is now available for download. In this region assessment of alternative beef production strategies included:
- leucaena, other legumes, forage oats, feedlotting and HGPs for steers;
- better genetics for fertility, reducing foetal/calf loss, pestivirus management, inorganic supplements to address P deficiency, and feeding first calf heifers for breeders; and
- alternative markets such as organic beef, EU and Wagyu.
Other low cost strategies to improve drought resilience, as well as drought response and drought recovery strategies, were also assessed.
Richard and Beth Judd moved to ‘Hat Creek’ at Baralaba in 1999. They are a family operation with their sons, Clayton and Wyatt, involved in the business. In May 2018 Richard attended the Callide Dawson Carcase Competition Field Day at Warnoah Feedlot to hear Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) scientist Dr Maree Bowen speak about ‘Improving beef business performance with high quality forages’.
Maree’s presentation inspired Richard to find out more about how to maximise returns from high quality forages in this area of central Queensland. This case study explains how the Judd’s used economic analyses to determine their best options. Download a copy of the Case study: Local graziers use economics to assist business planning (PDF, 556KB).
‘Pasture dieback: past activities and current situation across Queensland (2017)’ describes the current situation of pasture dieback across Queensland, specifically areas, locations and grass species impacted, climate, geographical and managerial impacts, and remedial management techniques being implemented.
It includes a review of published literature about pasture dieback both nationally and internationally, including findings of past and recent research and field sampling. It also provides recommendations for future research, development and extension priorities.
Author: Stuart Buck, Senior Agronomist (Sown Pastures), Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (PDF, 2MB).
Clynt Johnstone attended the Mulga and Nutrition Workshop in Cooladdi in 2017. Clynt changed his supplement ration to improve cost effectiveness and productivity through growth rates in weaners and reproduction rates in breeders using the knowledge and networks he gained from attending. He sees the importance of understanding the nutritional requirements of his stock, matching it with the feed available and targeting nutritional deficits to maximise production. Read more about what Clynt learnt and the changes he made in this case study (PDF, 560KB).
Diet quality testing is a powerful tool that can be used to guide decisions to improve the economics and effectiveness of a supplementary feeding progrm. Ben McKenzie, manager of Yaralla near Cunnamulla in south-west Queensland, implemented NIRS and phosphorus testing in his herd. The results indicated phosphorus was a primary concern for his cattle. The results also identified the relative importance of energy versus protein in the supplement given the current diet. Nutrition is a vital part of successful reproductive performance, so a targeted, effective and affordable supplementation program could have large impact on herd productivity.
- feed leucaena to steers to sell them as bullocks or
- put weaners on oats and then leucaena to sell them as feed-on steers or
- put yearling steers on to leucaena or
- just leave them on buffel grass until they sell?
Don’t know? The answers are in this report ‘Productivity and profitability of a range of alternative steer growth paths resulting from manipulating the pasture feed base in central Queensland – a modelling approach’ by Maree Bowen and Fred Chudleigh, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland (PDF, 2 MB).
Project RRRD.024 Final Report for the Australian Government’s Caring for Our Country Reef Rescue Water Quality Research and Development Program.
This project investigated the potential to mechanically rehabilitate degraded, bare, D-condition grazing lands to improved condition in the Burdekin and Fitzroy River catchments of north-east Queensland. With successful rehabilitation there will be increased pasture health and productivity which will reduce water, sediment and nutrient runoff, with the aim of improving the quality of water flowing into the Great Barrier Reef lagoon from grazing land.
Authors: Timothy Moravek and Trevor J. Hall, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, 2014.