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Supplementing the diet of your livestock with key missing nutrients can provide a remarkable return on investment. But how do you know you are providing your animals what they need and not…
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Disease management can easily be overlooked within a beef cattle enterprise. Especially in breeder herds, often bulls are the first to get the blame when producers see a lower-than-expected pregnancy or calving…
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Pasture dieback is a condition that causes unthrifty growth and premature death of otherwise productive tropical and sub-tropical sown-grass pastures. Some native grass species are also affected. Broadleaf plants (eg weeds, legumes)…
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Extensive beef production is the single largest land use in Queensland occurring on 65% of the state’s landmass. At the same time there are a lot of trees in Queensland with 50%…
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There are numerous grazing strategies that producers can employ on their properties. Intensive rotational grazing is one option that has become more popular in recent years, but there is not a lot…
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There are no one-size-fits-all strategies to manage pasture dieback. Each situation needs to be individually assessed to determine the best course of action; what is suitable for your neighbour might not be suitable for you.

Multiple research activities are currently underway, however none to date have definitively identified the exact cause of pasture dieback. Multiple pathogenic organisms (e.g. insects, fungi, viruses) could be interacting simultaneously with environmental…
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Pasture rundown is the reduction of pasture growth over time due to the tie-up of soil nutrients (primarily nitrogen) in sown pastures. Pasture quantity and quality gradually reduces over time, however plants…
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Pasture dieback only affects tropical and sub-tropical grasses, causing premature death and unthrifty growth. Pastures in eastern Queensland are affected, specifically north and Central Queensland, Wide Bay Burnett and south-east Queensland. Dieback in tropical grass-pastures was confirmed in north-east New South Wales in early 2020.

Most sown grass-pasture species commonly found in southern, central and northern Queensland have been affected by dieback.
Some native grass-pasture species such as black speargrass, forest bluegrass and golden beard grass have also been reported to have been affected…

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