Assessing options for drought response — 3. Mortality risk and early weaning

This is the third 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 assessing mortality risk and considering early weaning in response to drought.

You can watch the full recording (21 minutes) or use the playlist below to jump to the start of a particular section within the presentation.


  1. Mortality risk and early weaning
  2. Respond to drought
  3. Why is mortality risk so important?
  4. Body condition scores
  5. Modelling body condition and rates of mortality
  6. Who is at risk when weight is being lost?
  7. Mortality risk is often episodic, related to drought
  8. Early weaning
  9. Early weaning (continued)
  10. Where to next?

Excel spreadsheet

Excel – Splitsal early weaning weight range

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

← 2. Situation analysis

← 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