By using information and resources located on the FutureBeef website, in conjunction with expert veterinary advice, Sue and Herb George of ‘Glen Valley’, near Jundah, decided to incorporate pain relief into their animal husbandry practices. Through a number of on-property trials, they are now confident that the strategy they are now using provides the maximum benefit to their animals and their business.
The book contains information about planning for the dry season management including benefits of selling down early in low rainfall years, recovery from drought, how to assess the current situation including finance and climate, a forage budget template and supplementary feeding (including what, where, when and how). Download your copy today!
Prior to 2019, Jim and Jenny Cross, and their daughter Rebecca, weaned from March to April when the calves were 6-9 months old. The Cross family found the FutureBeef resources particularly useful during the severe drought in 2019, when they were forced to make some tough decisions to get their cattle through the tough time. Rebecca recalled, “There was a lot [of discussion] about early weaning around that time. There were some specific articles around nutrition of cattle as well as managing water.” She recalled how every time the FutureBeef emails came out, they triggered discussions. “We would go through, read them and then have a chat about the different things that could be implemented… and we could then take it to our cattle nutritionist and our vet and say we are thinking about doing this, what can you recommend. We went through every scenario and all the options for feeding those calves.” The combination of the FutureBeef resources, the input from their service providers and their own discussion gave them the confidence “… to make a good decision.”
To read how the Cross family went about incorporating early weaning into their management plan and the role FutureBeef played in their decision making, click here.
David Andersen is a beef producer on the Atherton Tableland in far north Queensland where he runs 120 Brangus cows on 90 hectares. David’s goal in managing his property is, “As a small operator I want to try and have my farm and my cows running as efficiently as possible and have the best outcome while looking after the farm. It is a very good farm as it was an ex-dairy farm. It has been very well maintained over many years and I’m continuing on looking after it.”
David describes himself as having “a keen interest in beef cattle and I like to learn as much as I can. I am trying to keep an open mind and try different techniques that are keeping up to date with the latest teachings.” He has seen much change in the industry and uses FutureBeef as a tool to help him stay informed.
To read how David’s learnings from FutureBeef and other sources have helped him increase his confidence about herd management decisions, click here.
This report aims to understand what management practices graziers whose properties have high ground cover are using, what their motivations are and what skill set they possess and what extension activities they interacted with. Authors: Emily Barbi, Robert Denham and Megan Star, State of Queensland, 2015. Download from the Queensland Government (PDF, 1.9MB).
This calculator may assist users to assess the benefit of feeding versus selling pregnancy tested in calf (PTIC) cows. More information about this tool and how it can be used can be found here: Improving profitability and resilience of beef and sheep businesses in Queensland preparing for responding to and recovering from drought.
Click here to download the Feed or sell PTIC cows calculator.
In this short case study Senior Extension Officer Megan Willis captures how DAF extension worked alongside Goscelyn and Denton Sullivan to create a custom designed recording template to assist with their rotational grazing management. To read more download Mt Coolon Case Study (PDF 236 KB).
Only three pages in length, this helpful and straight forward document from Cattle Council Australia will help grass-fed beef producers identify which pain relief strategy or strategies are best used in their production system. Download the Guide to the correct use of pain relief in the grass-fed beef cattle sector (PDF, 200 KB).
Thirty-three percent of cattle slaughtered at an Australian abattoir over an eight-year period were infected with hydatid disease resulting in approximately AU$94,000 lost per year due to condemnation and downgrading of infected organs.
Hydatid disease is caused by a small tapeworm that lives in the intestines of dogs, dingoes and foxes. In cattle, sheep, kangaroos, wallabies, pigs and humans, fluid-filled hydatid cysts develop in the internal organs (offal). There are rarely any clinical signs, however, infection with hydatid cysts is usually identified at slaughter. Infected organs are condemned and rendered or downgraded to pet food leading to economic losses to the industry.
More information about Hydatid disease, including how it is transmitted and how it can be prevented can be found in this publication from Charles Sturt University: Hydatid disease in the Australian beef industry (PDF, 1 MB).
A report summarising results for the Central West Mitchell Grasslands region is available for download from the Improving profitability and resilience of beef and sheep businesses in Queensland – Preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought project.
For this region, an integrated pasture and beef herd modelling approach was developed to allow the impact of climate variability on a range of grazing management scenarios to be modelled. This bio-economic evaluation found that setting livestock numbers based on safe pasture utilisation rate principles, but adopting a moderate degree of flexibility in altering livestock numbers in response to pasture availability, is likely to be the most profitable approach to grazing management while maintaining pasture and land condition over time. However, it was essential to economic viability that re-stocking occurred as soon as possible once good seasonal conditions returned.
Tactical strategies that may be applied in response to drought were also assessed in this report.