This guide to Reducing weed risks from fodder aims to increase awareness of weed risks associated with fodder use in Queensland. It highlights tools which can be used to help you assess your weed risks when sourcing fodder and suggests simple strategies for reducing weed risk during fodder transportation, storage and feeding out. Ongoing monitoring for new weeds following the use of fodder is also recommended and this guide explains easy steps to monitor your weeds and have them identified. An information guide to weeds commonly associated with fodder movement is also included. Prepared by M.J. Laidlaw et al., Queensland Herbarium, Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation, 2017.
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This technical guide is designed to help inform and improve grazing management in the Mitchell grasslands of western Queensland. It focuses on four major themes: managing stocking rate, spelling pasture, burning and developing the property with more fences and waters. The guide is a technical resource for use by those working with producers to improve the management of grazing lands for beef production. Compiled by David Phelps, Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation, 2012.
Pasture dieback is a poorly understood condition that causes unthrifty growth and death of otherwise very productive pastures. The condition has been identified in a range of sown and native grasses in north Queensland, Mackay-Whitsunday, central Queensland, Wide Bay-Burnett and south east Queensland regions. The condition causes large losses in beef production and is a major concern for the Queensland grazing industry. The occurrence of dieback in pastures has accelerated in recent years, however it is not a new phenomenon; dieback has been reported since the early 1990s in central Queensland buffel grass pastures.
This fact sheet covers pasture dieback in Queensland: symptoms and impact; known grass species affected; current area affected; how dieback differs from rundown; what can be done; what the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries is doing, and; contacts for producers concerned about pasture dieback.
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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.
Agtrends describes forecasts and trends in Queensland agricultural, fisheries and forestry production from the Queensland Government.
Click here to access the latest: https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/strategic-direction/datafarm/qld-agtrends
Water is one of the most important factors of successful livestock production. If water quality is poor livestock drink less. When livestock drink less, they eat less, lose condition and have less milk. These Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia, pages cover: water salinity, blue-green algae, contamination, water testing and where to get more information.
Read more about water quality for livestock on the Western Australia government website.
This factsheet provides information on determining which calves require treatment for scours, how to select and use oral electrolyte solutions for best results and when to consult your veterinarian during a calf scours outbreak.
Download a copy of Tips & Tools: Treating calf scours (PDF, 187KB) from Meat & Livestock Australia.
This publication has been compiled to offer best practice management options to land managers dealing with weedy Sporobolus grasses to optimise control strategy success and return on investment. Weedy Sporobolus grasses include giant rat’s tail grass (GRT) and giant Parramatta grass. This manual takes a strategic approach to weed management. A variety of common weed ‘situations’ are examined, and a ‘best bet’ strategy presented for each. These ‘best bet’ strategies are based on the latest research, and focus on achieving effective weed control in a cost-efficient way.
This revised edition was updated by Steven Bray (Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries) and David Officer (New South Wales Department of Primary Industries), Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2007.
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In many regions of northern Australia, phosphorus is a serious nutritional limitation to cattle production. Phosphorus deficiency results in poor performance in most of the factors that make beef production efficient and profitable. This book outlines general principles that can be applied to strategies and practices when feeding phosphorus to beef cattle.
Download a copy of Phosphorus management of beef cattle in northern Australia (PDF, 2.13 MB) from Meat & Livestock Australia.
The aim of Pastures: Mackay Whitsunday region – a guide for developing productive and sustainable pasture-fed grazing systems is to provide information and knowledge on sown and native pasture systems in a form readily accessible to Mackay Whitsunday region’s graziers and land managers. It contains an overview of the Mackay Whitsunday region and its beef industry profile, pasture-fed beef production options, land types, sown pasture species information (selection, establishment and management), special purpose pastures, and weeds and legislation. Compiled by the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries, Queensland, 2007.