Sweet Spot: improving breeder herd performance through optimal pasture utilisation

Breeders need the right nutrition to perform well. Is there a sweet spot of pasture utilisation that will sustainably increase breeder productivity in northern Australia?

Methods

There is an untapped gold mine of breeding herd production data from sites across northern Australia. We will use existing datasets to ask new questions, getting the most out of research that has already occurred.

We will collate, analyse and model breeder data to:

  • Identify the pasture utilisation rates which optimise breeder productivity
  • Improve existing models to predict breeder performance and economics of herd management
  • Develop tools to improve breeder productivity and maximise profitability.

Project objectives

  1. Develop tools to predict the impact of pasture utilisation on reproduction
  2. Help producers optimise pasture use to maximise the kilograms turned off/ha (increase weaning rates and reduce breeder mortality) while maintaining the resource base
  3. Increase beef production efficiency with a reduced cost of production.

When: June 2018 to April 2022

Contacts:

  • Dr Robyn Cowley, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Berrimah NT, 0419 829 493 or robyn.cowley@nt.gov.au
  • Dr Kieren McCosker, Department of Primary Industry and Resources, Katherine NT, 08 8973 9771 or kieren.mccosker@nt.gov.au.

Project Team: Northern Territory Department of Primary Industries and Resources, Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland Department of Environment and Science, Karingal Systems and Trudi Oxley.

Download a copy of the Sweet Spot project flyer (PDF, 4.45MB).