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17 January 2023
Practical Tips for Early Weaning of Beef Calves: A Guide
<p>Weaning beef calves early can be an excellent, cost-effective way to address drought and financial concerns by maintaining herd health and conserving water, high-quality feed and lush pasture while maximising your market value. However, if not implemented and managed correctly, it has the potential to harm your herd and cripple you financially. This article offers practical tips to consider at each journey step and what you need to know before deciding whether early weaning is the right approach for your beef production facility.</p>
05 January 2023
Want To Keep Weaning Rates High? Timing and Testing are Key
<p>Profitability is a non-negotiable for any beef cattle producer, and it all starts with a solid breeder and grazing management approach. Timing mating and weaning will result in better growth rates, improved feed efficiency, and less stress on your calves. By diagnosing pregnancies, you'll gain insight into conception rates, calving patterns and spread, helping you decide which cows to cull, separate or sell, as well as maximising your herd's fertility. All this adds up to better management, improved profits, and healthier animals</p>
22 December 2022
Australia’s Beef Industry Set To Improve in 2023 After Record Drought
<p>After a devastating drought throughout 2019 and 2020, forecasts by FAS show Australian beef production will increase by 13 per cent in 2023, and cattle slaughter volume will rise by 14 per cent. This sets the beef industry on the path to recovery after it fell to its lowest levels in decades in 2021. Rainfall, beef production, foreign market demand, domestic beef consumption and an increase in export trade will all play a big part in this upturn, and this article takes an in-depth look at these factors.</p>
20 December 2022
Pregnancy scanning ewes keep reproductive rates high in dry times
<p>A growing number of farmers are seeing improvements in the marketability of animals, financial returns and farm management through pregnancy scanning their ewes at regular, well-planned intervals. This article lists how you can incorporate pregnancy scanning into your farming efforts and the vast benefits it gives a farm. These include keeping reproductive rates continuously high, the ability to sell dry animals quickly, and early intervention in the case of pregnancy to ensure the best condition and survival rates of lambs.</p>
15 December 2022
Weaning Early Key to Herd Fertility and Managing Drought
<p>Managing drought, dwindling resources and the rising cost of feed are on the rise. Early weaning can be a fantastic cost-effective tool to manage drought and the depletion of high-quality resources. However, if you don’t execute it well, it could harm your livestock's performance and survival rate. From maintaining herd fertility to increasing your marketing potential and conserving water, this article shares the benefits of weaning beef calves early and why you should consider it for your farm.</p>
18 May 2022
All about livestock carrying capacity and stocking rate
The most important decisions for successful range management are determining carrying capacity and setting a proper stocking rate. Matching the number of grazing animals with the forage resource is an important management decision regardless of the grazing system. Too many animals in a management unit due to pasture supply can reduce livestock weight gain, conception rates, and body condition and cause undesired changes in the soil and vegetation.
11 May 2022
How to manage your mob during a drought
Mob management during a drought may not prevent short-term losses but can prevent long-term losses to your forage-based livestock operation. As drought sets in, the stockman can temporarily lower stocking densities (fewer grazing animals per acre), stretch available forage with hay or supplemental feedstuffs, or even lower the nutritional needs of animals. Yet, such tactics may only be cost-effective for a short time. Keep in mind that culling of animals may be necessary as the drought worsens.
15 September 2020
Effective Ways to Reduce Beef Farming Expenses
Most beef farming operations tend to make money when auction prices are high. And even then, many farmers use off-farm income to help support their business. In this article, we’ll talk about all the major expenses associated with beef farming. And we’ll give you the inside information on all the little changes you can do at your farm, to see big results!
14 September 2020
An overview of the sheep industry in Australia
Australia is the world’s largest sheep meat exporter and exports 57% of its lamb production and 92% of its mutton production respectively. However, the sheep meat industry still faces a lot of challenges, as well as opportunities to explore the unexplored! In this article, we’ll be discussing all about the Australian advantage and why sheep meat farming could be a great space to get into!
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