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This guide discusses the recommended management practices for growing oats for forage, strategies to minimise leaf rust infection, and the current varieties of forage oats available for commercial sale in Queensland and northern New South Wales. Compiled by Bruce Winter, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Download a copy of the Forage oat variety guide 2017  (PDF, 628KB) from the Queensland Government.

This booklet presents photographic guides and written descriptions of the quality (feed value) and quantity (yield, as kilograms of dry matter per hectare) of the major pasture types within the floodplains of the Channel Country. It was produced by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland through the Meat & Livestock Australia Sustainable grazing in the Channel Country Floodplains project NBP.329 and was supported by grazing companies and individuals. Authors: David Phelps, et al., Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2007.

Download a copy of Forage value in the Channel Country: a photographic guide (PDF, 2 MB).

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This guide brings together information on:

  • the selection, agronomy and management of suitable forages
  • indicative forage yields at key sites across the Fitzroy River catchment
  • expected content of principal nutrients in the forages and their relationship to cattle performance
  • indicative cattle growth rates from a range of high output forages
  • approaches to incorporating high-output forages into feed plans to produce the target growth rates and liveweights required to meet market specifications
  • non-nutritional factors that can affect liveweight gain
  • example economic analyses at key sites across the catchment to provide objective comparisons of various forage options
  • spreadsheets to allow calculation of the economic performance of key forage systems using the user’s own input variables.

Authors: Maree Bowen, Stuart Buck and Rebecca Gowen, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2010.

Download a copy of Using high quality forages to meet beef markets in the Fitzroy River catchment (PDF, 2 MB).

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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!


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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.

Download a copy of the Fitzroy beef production systems – preparing for, responding to, and recovering from drought (PDF, 3.5 MB).

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