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This booklet focuses on best practice techniques for branding, castrating and dehorning cattle and provides information relating to a number of alternatives for each procedure, including necessary equipment and maintenance, OH&S considerations and animal after-care. Available from the Meat & Livestock Australia website.

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.

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Heifer management in northern beef herds is a short, readable guide to best practice management written for graziers, station managers, head and other stockmen and for students of animal husbandry. Although the publication has focused primarily on heifer management in extensive beef herds, the principles have equal application to all beef herds across northern Australia despite any differences in scale of operations, breeds, climatic conditions or pastures types.

Download a copy of Heifer management in northern beef herds (PDF, 1.46 MB) from Meat & Livestock Australia.

Managing a beef business in the subtropics provides information and tools to help you develop the skills to produce an environmentally friendly, market driven beef product. It covers all aspects of subtropical beef production, including: markets and selling, handling and husbandry, feeding and pasture management, growth management of cattle, managing drought, breeding and health. Author: Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, 2004.

Download a copy of Managing a beef business in the subtropics (PDF, 7 MB).

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This book describes how experienced graziers manage for profitability and sustainability. Critical issues include their choice of livestock, stocking rates, grazing and husbandry practices, improvement of native pastures, domestication of feral goats, and control of kangaroos. This is supplemented by knowledge arising from scientific research. While there is no single ‘right way’ of managing grazing in the mulga lands, the key is know and continually read the country, adapt management practices to suit ever-changing conditions, and share the experiences of others. Authors: Jill Heywood et al., Department of Primary Industries, 2000.