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Conducting feeding trials in north-west Queensland using auto-draft and weighing technology

Black, E. (2016) Conducting feeding trials in north-west Queensland using auto-draft and weighing technology. Project Report. State of Queensland.

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This project has further developed a demonstration site of walk-over-weighing (WOW) and auto-draft equipment to trial the economic benefit, and pinpoint the timing of dry season supplementation and marketing decisions. This demonstration was established through the Meat & Livestock Australia Limited (MLA) co-funded WOW Producer Demonstration Site (PDS) developed on Wilburra Downs Station (Richmond) in 2011. Purchasing of new WOW equipment in 2015, along with support from the Richmond Beef Challenge Producer Group (RBCPG), has enabled the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) to continue demonstrating these innovative technologies and run evidence based trials. Consultation with industry and DAF staff members has identified the need to improve liveweight data reliability by scaling up yard and paddock facilities and increasing cattle numbers at the site. Through the assistance and dedication of the RBCPG, the site has been extended and fenced to accommodate more trial cattle. Several producers have expressed an interest in adopting these demonstrated technologies and it is therefore important independent evaluation continues in a commercial environment.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final report Agri-Science Queensland Innovation Opportunity
Subjects:Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:07 Nov 2016 05:05
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:44

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