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Bonnie Doon PDS Trial Results

The second successful PDS field day was held at “Bonnie Doon”, Bell on December 2, drawing a crowd of 50 producers. This trial, which compares the economic performance of beef cattle finishing systems, is being coordinated by Department of Employment, Economic Development and Innovation (DEEDI) Future Beef extension officers, Tim Emery and Roger Sneath, with funding from MLA. Read more ...

 

Using High Quality Forages to Meet Beef Markets in the Fitzroy River Catchment

Beef production is the major land use in the Fitzroy River catchment, occurring on around 13 million hectares or approximately 89% of the catchment. Livestock slaughterings account for 73% of the total value of agricultural production (ACLUMP 2008; OESR 2000). Three of the four major land types in the region – Brigalow, Alluvial and Downs – have soils capable of growing high quality forages suitable for backgrounding and finishing cattle. Read more ...

 

 

 

Boosting the productivity and profitability of northern Australian beef enterprises: Exploring innovation options using simulation modeling and systems analysis

The financial health of beef cattle enterprises in northern Australia has declined markedly over the last decade due to an escalation in production and marketing costs and a real decline in beef prices. Historically, gains in animal productivity have offset the effect of declining terms of trade on farm incomes. This raises the question of whether future productivity improvements can remain a key path for lifting enterprise profitability sufficient to ensure that the industry remains economically viable over the longer term. Read more ...

 

 

 

 

Soil organic carbon and total nitrogen under Leucaena leucocephala pastures in Queensland

Soil organic carbon (OC) and total nitrogen (TN) accumulation in the top 0–0.15m of leucaena–grass pastures were compared with native pastures and with continuously cropped land. OC and TN levels were highest under long-term leucaena–grass pasture (P < 0.05). Read more ...

 

 

 

 

Legumes and Nitrogen Fixation – South Australia

Key points:

Legumes can fix substantial quantities of nitrogen (N) and this can be maximised by ensuring low plant available N in the soil at sowing and inoculating the seed if a paddock has not had a host legume nodulated by the same rhizobia in the last four years. Read more ...

 

 

 

 

A grazier survey of the long-term productivity of leucaena (Leucaena leucocephala)-grass pastures in Queensland

Leucaena leucocephala subsp. glabrata (leucaena)-grass pastures are productive, perennial and long-lived (>40 years). However, little is known about changes in the productivity of these pastures as they age even though they are grazed intensively and are rarely fertilised. A postal survey of beef cattle producers in Queensland who grow leucaena pastures was conducted.

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Improving the Performance of Beef Production Systems in Northern Australia

Slide presentations of Part 1 and Part 2 – Low cost strategies to build the resilience of beef production systems in Northern Australia webinars are available to view and download.

The webinars may be viewed at the Future Beef website at:

https://futurebeef.com.au/knowledge-centre/improving-performance-beef-production-systems-part2/

 

 

 

 

 

Productivity and profitability of forage options for beef

This study measured forage biomass production, diet quality, cattle live-weight gain, and economic performance of six forage types at 21 sites across 12 commercial beef cattle properties in the Fitzroy River catchment of Queensland during 2011–2014 (28 annual datasets in total). Read more ...

 

 

research: productivity & profitability