Tools and services

Search for national, state- or territory-based tools and services that may be useful to your beef business by A-Z index or by location, i.e. national, Western Australia, Northern Territory or Queensland.

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Agbiz farm financial tools
have been developed by the Queensland Government to help farmers and graziers make business and production decisions. Agbiz Excel spreadsheets can help you to calculate: basic gross margins; partial and whole farm budgets, and; farm cash-flow analyses. There are also Agbiz calculators for animals and grazing.

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Beef Breeding Services (BBS)
offer a comprehensive range of artificial breeding products and services, semen storage facilities and a large selection of genetic material from many different beef cattle breeds.

Beef CRC legacy website
distills the research and outcomes of the Cooperative Research Centre for Beef Genetic Technologies (2005–2012). It contains producer fact sheets and books, case studies and copies of the Beef Bulletin Magazine, research outcomes video presentations, etc.

Bluetongue zone map
The interactive bluetongue zone map provides producers with information on the distribution of bluetongue in Australia. It is made available through the National Arbovirus Monitoring Program (NAMP).

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Breedcow and Dynama herd software
is designed to plan, evaluate and improve the profitability and financial management of extensive beef cattle enterprises.

BreedObject – Custom Selection Indexes for Cattle
is a tool for formalising breeding objectives and $Indexes that can help producers breed more profitable cattle. Using BREEDPLAN EBVs helps target appropriate commercial herd performance for a given market production system, and identify seedstock best suited to this. BreedObject $Indexes are intended for use by both stud and commercial beef producers.

BREEDPLAN International Beef Recording Scheme
is a modern genetic evaluation system for beef cattle breeders. BREEDPLAN offers bull breeders the potential to accelerate genetic progress in their herds, and to provide objective information on stock they sell to commercial breeders.

BULLCHECK® (VBBSE)
offers a standardised evaluation that summarises the results into in to five fertility components. If a bull meets all the minimum standards at all levels of the VBBSE, it has a high probability of being fertile. Visit the Australian Cattle Veterinarians BULLCHECK website for more information, including fact sheets and case studies.

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Cattle Council of Australia
is the peak producer organisation representing and progressing the interests of Australian beef cattle producers.

Cost of production calculator beef, Meat & Livestock Australia
is a tool kit to help beef producers determine their CoP and compare their performance annually.

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Farm survey data for the beef, slaughter lambs and sheep industries
provides physical and financial farm survey data for the beef, slaughter lambs and sheep industries from Meat & Livestock Australia available on the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources website.

Feed cost calculator
will help you calculate and compare protein, energy and other components for different mixes of livestock feeds. The calculator was developed by the New South Wales Department of Primary Industries.

FloraBase: the Western Australian flora
is a searchable database of the names, descriptions, photos and maps of Western Australian flora.

FORAGE
is a web-based system (on The Long Paddock website) that generates, analyses and distributes information relating to climate and pasture condition at user-specified locations.

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Grazing BMP (Best Management Practice)
assists graziers identify practices that can help improve the long-term profitability of their enterprise, including the steps required to incorporate best management practices into their enterprise.

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Land condition photo-standards of the Burdekin dry tropics rangelands: a guide for practitioners
was developed to provide examples of ABCD land condition for property scale monitoring by graziers in the Burdekin rangelands.

Land types of Queensland
describes land characteristics, capabilities and limitations in producing useful forage, allowing land managers to assess land condition and carrying capacities and make better informed stocking and management decisions.

Leucaena inoculum (rumen bug)
provides information about how to order rumen inoculum for cattle grazing leucaena.

Livestock Library
is a one-stop shop for livestock production information with more than 60,000 conference papers, journals, scientific and extension papers, including research by the Beef CRC and its partners.

Livestock movement statistics (NT)
provides recordings of number of head moved into, out of, and within the Northern Territory.

Long Paddock
hosts a range of useful climate-related maps (including rainfall and pasture growth), climate outlooks, Southern Oscillation Index (SOI), publications, calculators and other tools relevant to the beef industry.

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Managing Indigenous Pastoral Lands manual
consists of nine modules and three case studies. Each of the manual modules and case studies provide best practice technical information and procedures as well as management checklists, tools and information sources for Indigenous pastoral enterprises and Indigenous land owners wishing to become pastoral businesses.

Meat Standards Australia (MSA)
provides an endorsement of quality for graded cuts of red meat indicating product has met quality standards for tenderness, juiciness and flavour. Find all the MSA information, tools, videos and performance reports in one place – including the MSA Locator to help find your closest supplier.

Meat & Livestock Australia’s tools and calculators
contains a range of of tools and calculators for online use or downloading to assist red meat producers in making business decisions.

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National Livestock Identification System (NLIS)
is Australia’s system for identification and traceability of livestock. Introduced in 1999 for cattle exports, it has since expanded to include, sheep and goats.

National Livestock Reporting System (NLRS)
is an independent service that collects and reports on data from the key auction and direct markets, in addition to slaughter statistics, wholesale, skin and hide prices.

Newsletters and magazines
Subscribe to beef industry newsletters and magazines and keep up-to-date with the latest trends and issues from husbandry facts to biosecurity issues and safeguards and grazing land management information. These industry and region-specific newsletters, written and prepared by leading beef extension officers, scientists and industry specialists are a great resource for your business.

North Australia and rangelands fire information (NAFI)
displays relevant fire management data, such as hotspots (recently burning fires) and fire scars (recently burnt country) as maps tailored to north Australian conditions.

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Pasture photo standards Queensland
are an essential tool in good grazing land management. They can help you develop pasture budgets and dry season business management plans. There are photo standards and corresponding pasture yields for many of Queensland’s common pasture communities (based on region or pasture species).

PestSmart Connect
is a toolkit of information on best practice pest animal management in Australia, developed by the Invasive Animals Cooperative Research Centre. It has glovebox guides, fact sheets, integrated pest animal control information, videos, the FeralScan pest mapping resource app, etc. Subscribe to the Feral Flyer newsletter for the latest on invasive animal management.

PREgCHECK® (NCPD)
is a nationally recognised quality tail tagging system for the identification and certification of cattle pregnancy status, particularly for sale purposes. It was developed and is maintained by the Australian Cattle Veterinarians.

Producer demonstration sites (PDS)
are on-farm research and demonstration projects where groups of livestock producers adapt, validate and demonstrate the business value of integrating new management practices and associated skills into local farming systems. Producer groups can apply to Meat & Livestock Australia for funding grants to support PDS projects.

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Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority (QRAA)
QRAA administers financial assistance programs including subsidies, rebates, grants and loans on behalf of the Australian, state and territory governments throughout Australia. These programs progress government climatic, sustainability, biosecurity and productivity enhancement policies and objectives.

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Rejected pasture legumes: a weed management toolbox
provides information on identification and control of the four potentially weedy pasture legumes (Acacia angustissima, Aeschynomene brasiliana, Aeschynomene paniculata and Indigofera schimperi). To order a copy of the CD please contact Kendrick Cox on (07) 4048 4883 or email kendrick.cox@daf.qld.gov.au.

Rising Champions Initiative
is for young beef producers to have their say on the future direction of the Australian beef industry. State finalists travel to Canberra where they will meet with politicians, industry leaders and develop professional skills by participating in the Rising Champions Initiative program, Cattle Council Australia subcommittee meetings and workshops.

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Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS)
provides members of participating breed societies with technical support that enables them to maximise their understanding and use of available genetic technologies.

Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS)
Queensland producers and land owners can contact SARCIS if they are having problems with cattle theft, trespassing, etc.

Stocktake: balancing supply and demand
is a paddock-scale land condition monitoring and management package that provides grazing land managers with a practical, systematic way to assess land condition and long-term carrying capacity, and calculate short-term forage budgets.

Stocktake Plus
is a decision support app based on the popular Stocktake package and allows users to complete their monitoring and calculations in the paddock on their mobile devices for an immediate response.

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Tick fever diagnosis advice and laboratory services
is a summary of the tick fever diagnostic services and advice available from Biosecurity Queensland and the Tick Fever Centre, including contact details and sample collection information.

Tick fever vaccine
Prices, how to order and pay for tick fever vaccine, interstate approvals required, plus shipping and delivery information for national and international orders.

Tropical Beef Technology Services (TBTS)
provides a level of field service that encourages more tropical cattle breeders to have confidence in performance recording with BREEDPLAN.

Tropical forages: an interactive selection tool
identifies forage species suitable for a specific climate, soil type and production systems, and provides access to comprehensive information on these species. It was developed by CSIRO Sustainable Ecosystems, the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (Queensland), Centro Internacional de Agricultura Tropical (CIAT) and the International Livestock Research Institute (ILRI).

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VegMachine®
is an online tool that uses satellite imagery to summarise decades of change in Australia’s grazing lands. It’s simple to operate, easy to understand, and free to use. With VegMachine you can: generate comprehensive ground cover monitoring reports; measure land cover change or estimate soil erosion rates; view satellite image land cover products, and; better understand the links between management, climate and cover in grazing land.

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Weed identification tool
is an interactive database that provides information on invasive plant species that are on a national weed list, or are legislated against in a state or territory. It is maintained by the Australian Government on the Weeds in Australia website.

Workshops
Get the latest information, tools and skills in animal nutrition, sustainable grazing, reproduction and genetics, animal behaviour and health, and business management at FutureBeef workshops.

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