Assessing options for drought response — 2. Situation analysis

This is the second 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 the important components to include in a situation analysis for your property in response to drought.

You can watch the full recording (15 minutes) or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation.


  1. Situation analysis
  2. Respond to drought
  3. Start by counting and assessing
  4. Mating systems
  5. Calving periods and risk – in a failed wet season scenario (Jan-Mar)
  6. Counting cattle
  7. Counting cattle – continued
  8. Completing the situation analysis
  9. Where to next?

Excel spreadsheet

Excel – Breedcowplus NQ Gulf example herd

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 response

← 1. Introduction and overview

← 3. Mortality risk and early weaning

← 4. Sell, feed or agist PTIC cows

← 5. Send sale steers to agistment or sell early

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

← 7. Impact of the response strategy on recovery


Assessing options for drought recovery

← 8. Options for recovery 

← 9. Incorporating climate variability