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Where to from Brahmans in the Northern Australian herd? Maintaining the economic benefit of earlier infusions of Bos indicus.

Burrow, H.M. and Griffith, G.R. and Barwick, S.A. and Holmes, W.E. (2003) Where to from Brahmans in the Northern Australian herd? Maintaining the economic benefit of earlier infusions of Bos indicus. In: Proceedings of The Beef Products Program: Technology - Our Future, Tocal College, 13th May 2003, Paterson, NSW, Australia.

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Abstract

The economic performance of a terminal crossbreeding system based on Brahman cows and a tropically adapted composite herd were compared to a straightbred Brahman herd. All systems were targeted to meet specifications of the grass-finished Japanese market. The production system modelled represented a typical individual central Queensland integrated breeding/finishing enterprise or a northern Australian vertically integrated enterprise with separate breeding and finishing properties. Due mainly to a reduced age of turnoff of Crossbred and Composite sale animals and an improved weaning rate in the Composite herd, Crossbred and Composite herds returned a gross margin of $7 and $24 per Adult Equivalent (AE) respectively above that of the Brahman herd. The benefits of changing 25% of the existing 85% of Brahmans in the northern Australian herd to either Crossbreds or Composites over a 10-year period were also examined. With no premium for carcass quality in Crossbred and Composite sale animals, annual benefits were $16 M and $61 M for Crossbreds and Composites in 2013. The cumulative Present Value (PV) of this shift over the 10-year period was $88 M and $342 M respectively, discounted at 7%. When a 5c per kg premium for carcass quality was included, differences in annual benefits rose to $30 M and $75 M and cumulative PVs to $168 M and $421 M for Crossbreds and Composites respectively.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:DEEDI, DPI
Additional Information:© NSW Agriculture.
Keywords:Beef cattle; economic aspects; crossbreeding; animal health; breeding programmes; farm management; information services; livestock farming; meat and livestock industry; Australia.
Subjects:Animal culture > Breeding and breeds
Science > Biology > Genetics
Animal culture > Cattle > Meat production
Deposited On:07 Feb 2011 00:39
Last Modified:07 Feb 2011 00:39

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