Assessing options for drought recovery — 8. Options for recovery

This is the first of two recorded presentations, demonstrating how to assess management options when recovering from drought.

In this presentation, Fred Chudleigh (Agricultural Economist, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries) discusses and demonstrates how to assess options in the drought recovery phase.

You can watch the full recording (35 minutes) or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation.


  1. Options for recovery
  2. Recover from drought
  3. Recovery from drought – tools to assess
  4. The impact on recovery in numbers
  5. The impact on cash
  6. Recovery strategies to fill the gap in grazing pressure
  7. Recovery strategies after selling the pregnancy tested empty (PTE) breeders
  8. Purchase pregnancy tested in calf (PTIC) cows to rebuild the herd
  9. Taking stock on agistment
  10. Trading cattle – how to assess options
  11. Trading steers
  12. Spreadsheet example: Bullocks – trading yearling steers as recovery strategy
  13. Trading cows and calves
  14. Spreadsheet example: Cowtrade – buy PTIC cows as recovery strategy
  15. Which indicator?
  16. Trading steers
  17. Summary of recovery strategies
  18. Where to next?

Excel spreadsheets

Excel – 6 Trading yearling steers as recovery strategy

Excel – 7 Cowtrade buy PTIC cows as recovery

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.

More in this series:

Assessing options for drought recovery

← 9. Incorporating climate variability 


Assessing options for drought response

← 1. Introduction and overview

← 2. Situation analysis

← 3. Mortality risk and early weaning

← 4. Sell, feed or agist PTIC cows

← 5. Send sale steers on agistment or sell early

← 6. Assessing forced sales from within cow, heifer and steer groups

← 7. Impact of the response strategy on recovery