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Rangeland profitability in the northern Gulf region of Queensland: understanding beef business complexity and the subsequent impact on land resource management and environmental outcomes

Rolfe, Joe W. and Larard, Alison E. and English, Bernard H. and Hegarty, Emma S. and McGrath, Tim B. and Gobius, Niilo R. and De Faveri, Joanne and Srhoj, Joanna R. and Digby, Michael J. and Musgrove, Richard J. (2016) Rangeland profitability in the northern Gulf region of Queensland: understanding beef business complexity and the subsequent impact on land resource management and environmental outcomes. The Rangeland Journal, 38 (3). pp. 261-272.

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Article Link(s): http://dx.doi.org/10.1071/RJ15093

Publisher URL: http://www.publish.csiro.au/paper/RJ15093

Abstract

The farm-gate value of extensive beef production from the northern Gulf region of Queensland, Australia, is ~$150 million annually. Poor profitability and declining equity are common issues for most beef businesses in the region. The beef industry relies primarily on native pasture systems and studies continue to report a decline in the condition and productivity of important land types in the region. Governments and Natural Resource Management groups are investing significant resources to restore landscape health and productivity. Fundamental community expectations also include broader environmental outcomes such as reducing beef industry greenhouse gas emissions. Whole-of-business analysis results are presented from 18 extensive beef businesses (producers) to highlight the complex social and economic drivers of management decisions that impact on the natural resource and environment. Business analysis activities also focussed on improving enterprise performance. Profitability, herd performance and greenhouse emission benchmarks are documented and discussed.

Item Type:Article
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:business management records, business performance, equity and expansion, greenhouse gas emissions, herd performance, seasonal variability, stocking rate management, succession.
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Farm economics. Farm management. Agricultural mathematics
Animal culture > Other special topics
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Deposited On:12 Aug 2016 01:43
Last Modified:12 Aug 2016 01:43

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