Breeding and genetics


Cash Cow project

Preliminary results of the Cash Cow project were presented by Michael McGowan and Geoffry Fordyce at BEEF 2012.

‘Measuring the reproductive efficiency of your breeding herd’ with Geoffry Fordyce, 28:11 minutes 17 May 2012


‘Lifting performance of breeding herds in Northern Australia – findings from the Cash Cow project’ by Michael McGowan, spoken by Geoffry Fordyce, 19:27 minutes 17 May 2012

These should be treated as preliminary results and only used to indicate trends at this stage. More detailed analysis breaking it up into class of cow (maiden, 1st lactation and mature ) is being run now. The final report to MLA is due in September 2012.

For more information please contact Dave Smith T: 07 4761 5160 E:


Artificial breeding of beef cattle: a practical guide, Brian Dunn et al. 2005 (PDF 2.09 MB)

Beef cattle performance in northern Australia: a summary of recent research, compiled by Peter Hasker 2000 (PDF 16.1 MB)

Beef cattle recording and selection, John Bertram et al. 2000 (PDF 2.4 MB)

Breeding for profit, John Bertram et al. 2002 (PDF 1.4 MB)

Bull selection – buying better bulls, John Bertram et al. 2003 (PDF 1.59 MB)

Buying BULLS: its all in the genes (PDF 227 kB)

Cattle and land management best practices in the Katherine region Chapter 2: Cattle management – download from NT DPIF (PDF 3.23 MB)

Female selection in beef cattle, Geoff Fahey et al. 2000 (PDF 4.5 MB)

Managing the breeder herd – practical steps to breeding livestock in northern Australia – download from MLA (PDF 965 kB)


Australian Cattle Veterinarians (ACV)

Beef Breeding Services

Beef CRC Legacy


BVDV Australia

Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS)

Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS)