Assessing options for drought response — 6. Assessing forced sales from within cow, heifer and steer groups

This is the sixth of seven recorded presentations, demonstrating how to assess management options in response to drought.

In this presentation, Fred Chudleigh (Agricultural Economist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) discusses how to use spreadsheet tools to assess and compare forced sale options in response to drought. You can watch the full recording (26 minutes) or use playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation.

Playlist index

  1. Assessing forced sales with Cowtrade and Bullocks
  2. What steps have we taken so far?
  3. Forced sales from within cow, heifer or steer groups?
  4. De-stocking versus drought feeding breeders
  5. De-stocking versus drought feeding (continued)
  6. Retain versus sell steers
  7. Sell PTIC cows or steers?
  8. Forced sales from within cow, heifer or steer groups?
  9. Where to next?

Excel spreadsheets

Excel – 4 Cowtrade analysis of PTIC drought feeding costs

Excel – 4a Cowtrade keep and feed PTIC cows at $150 and sell steers

Excel – 4aa Feed or sell PTIC cows 12 weeks feeding cost calculator

Excel – 5 Bullocks Sell steers drought response analysis (keep PTIC cows)


This recording has been compiled within the Improving profitability and resilience of beef and sheep businesses in Queensland—Preparing for, responding to and recovering from drought project.


Assessing forced sales