Tools and Services
Search for tools and services available nationally or on a state or territory basis that may be useful to your beef cattle business.
Agbiz 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.
The Agistment calculator (Excel, 19 KB), allows users to enter their own information and test the costs and returns of different ‘what if’ scenarios.
An instructional narrated slide show can be downloaded by clicking here: Agistment calculator – narrated presentation (6 MB).
Animal Health Australia (AHA) coordinates and manages more than 60 national projects relating to animal biosecurity, health and welfare on behalf of its Members, the Australian Government, state and territory governments and the peak national councils of Australia’s livestock industries and service providers. For livestock producers AHA offers free on-farm biosecurity advice through its biosecurity extension team including free biosecurity templates.
National Animal Heath Declarations are a way for producers to provide information about the animal health status of their herd. Buyers should ask for a copy and use the information provided to determine the health risks associated with the animals offered for sale.
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.
The 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.
This salary package calculator complements the Beef industry on-station workforce quality handbook. This simple tool can help beef producers estimate the total value of remuneration for individual on-station roles. The calculator provides employers with a guide to the true value of remuneration once all allowances and benefits (such as accommodation, food, travel and clothing) are taken into account.
beyondblue provides information and support to help everyone in Australia achieve their best possible mental health, whatever their age and wherever they live.
Biosecurity plans are a useful tool for all those involved in agriculture to help manage risk. For assistance with biosecurity planning visit the Farm Biosecurity Website.
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).
All registered stock brands in the Northern Territory are recorded in the Northern Territory Brand Register, maintained by the Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade. You can search on the brand, the owner or trading name or the property name to locate registration details.
All registered stock brands in Queensland are recorded in the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries Brands Database. You can view details of all livestock brands registered for use in Queensland. You can search on the brand, the owner or trading name, the property name or the PIC to locate registration details.
All registered stock brands in Western Australia are recorded in the Western Australian Brand and PIC Register, maintained by the Department of Agriculture and Food. You can view details of all livestock brands and Property Identification Codes (PICs) registered for use in Western Australia. You can search on the brand, the owner or trading name, the property name or the PIC to locate registration details.
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.
The 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.
The Veterinary Bull Breeding Soundness Evaluation BULLCHECK® (VBBSE) offers a standardised evaluation that summarises the result into 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.
The Cattle Council of Australia is the peak producer organisation representing and progressing the interests of Australian beef cattle producers.
ChemClear provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a collection and disposal pathway for their unwanted chemicals.
The cost of production calculator (CoP) is a tool kit to help you determine your CoP and compare performance annually. It is suitable for cattle, sheep and goats and was designed by Meat & Livestock Australia.
drumMUSTER provides Australian agricultural and veterinary chemical users with a recycling pathway for eligible empty agvet chemical containers. Find out how and where to recycle your empty chemical containers.
Call the national Emergency Disease Watch Hotline on 1800 675 888 if you see unusual signs of disease in your livestock.
Call the national Exotic Plant Pest Hotline on 1800 084 881 if you suspect a new plant pest or disease.
The Farm Biosecurity program is an important part of Australia’s emergency animal disease and exotic plant pest surveillance systems. Surveillance allows us to preserve existing trade opportunities and provides evidence of Australia’s pest and animal disease status to support access to international markets. If you spot anything unusual, call the Plant Pest Hotline 1800 084 881 or the Emergency Animal Disease Watch Hotline 1800 675 888.
The Farm Debt Restructure Office (FDRO) assists primary producers experiencing financial distress by providing independent expert financial information and analysis of their farm business. For more information on eligibility and how to apply for Farm Business Analysis Assistance through the Farm Debt Restructure Office, primary producers can visit www.qrida.qld.gov.au/fdro or Freecall 1800 623 946 and ask to speak to the Farm Debt Restructure Office.
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.
This website is aimed at directing farmers to the assistance they need. Both financial and mental health stresses can affect people during or after events such as drought, flood cyclones etc. This website pulls together the organisations, Government Departments and industry bodies that can help during these times. Enter your postcode to see assistance available in your area.
The 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 is a searchable database of the names, descriptions, photos and maps of Western Australian flora.
FORAGE is a web-based system (on the LongPaddock website) that generates, analyses and distributes information relating to climate and pasture condition at user-specified locations.
Land types of Queensland describes the 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.
On this site you will find information about rumen inoculum for cattle grazing leucaena and how to order to it from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland.
The 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 provides recordings of number of head moved into, out of, and within the Northern Territory.
The 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.
The 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 & Livestock Australia’s tools and calculators have been developed to assist red meat producers in making decisions in their business. The range of products available include:
- cost of production calculators
- animal health and nutrition calculators
- feed calculators
- pasture tools and calculators
- climatic impact tools
- predictive tools.
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.
Visit MetEye to see maps of weather observations and official forecasts produced by the Bureau of Meteorology (BOM) for your region. MetEye forecast maps have been adjusted by BOM meteorologists to better represent expected weather. This is quite different to other map based systems which often show automatically generated, computer model data.
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.
NR Maps is a free public web mapping tool that displays Northern Territory natural resource information.
You can search for a parcel; display, query and select data; download data and map products; draw on the map screen and create your own map.
View Help resources at the top right of the map screen.
Pasture photo standards 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.
This helpful tool allows users to monitor and evaluate the consumption of phosphorus supplementation, including an estimate of consumption (g) per head per day. Add the Lick intake calculator to your tool kit today.
The PREgCHECK® (NCPD) scheme 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 (MLA) for funding grants to support PDS projects.
The Queensland Rural and Industry Development Authority (QRIDA) 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.
‘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 .
The 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.
Southern Beef Technology Services (SBTS) is a joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia, the Agricultural Business Research Institute and Breed Societies that run the majority of their cattle in Southern Australia. SBTS provides members of participating breed societies with technical support to help maximise their understanding and use of the different genetic technologies that are available. For example, BREEDPLAN, BreedObject Selection Indexes, Internet Solutions, TakeStock and DNA based technologies.
Queensland producers and land owners can contact the Stock and Rural Crime Investigation Squad (SARCIS) if they are having problems with cattle theft, trespassing, etc.
Stocktake GLM 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.
‘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.
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.
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) is a joint initiative of Meat & Livestock Australia, the Agricultural Business Research Institute and Breed Societies that run the majority of their cattle in Northern Australia. TBTS provides members of participating breed societies with technical support to help maximise their understanding and use of the different genetic technologies that are available. For example, BREEDPLAN, BreedObject Selection Indexes, Internet Solutions, TakeStock and DNA based technologies.
‘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).
Read more about Australia’s Transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSE) Freedom Assurance Project, including: how we have remained TSE free, detailed information about TSEs, ruminant feeding restrictions, imported animal surveillance, research and development, management and coordination, etc.
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.
The 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.
Get the all latest information, tools and skills in animal nutrition, sustainable grazing, reproduction and genetics, animal behaviour and health, and business management at FutureBeef workshops.