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Implementing successful controlled mating programs on extensive beef herds

Bambling, A. (2018) Implementing successful controlled mating programs on extensive beef herds. Project Report. State of Queensland.

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This report is for a scoping study examining issues with on property adoption and implementation of controlled mating programs on extensive beef herds in northern Australia.
Controlled mating can have many benefits for a beef business, however the level of benefit depends largely on the individual business. The use of controlled mating is a highly recommended best management practice for beef producers across northern Australia. Significant effort has evolved around research to quantify the benefits of controlled mating. These include the ability to time calving to coincide with peak pasture availability and quality to maximise survival of cow and calf, to avoid lactation during the dry season, to allow for a more efficient supplementation program, and to maintain cow body condition so that she can re-conceive the following year. The practice also enables labour to be condensed into two main rounds for net reproduction rate to be more accurately measured.
This study reviewed current guidelines and implementation processes for controlled mating at a whole property level. The review concludes that insufficient processes are described in detail to facilitate successful beef enterprise adoption of this highly recommended management practice. The complexity of the practice is also described and the need for it to be designed around individual businesses. We conclude that continuing to follow a broad message approach may lead to increased issues with adoption. The review also highlights gaps in research and extension materials available for beef producers, including enterprise case studies that include a full business economic analysis that describe sound and successful, proven adoption strategies.

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 > Breeding and breeds
Animal culture > Cost, yield and profit. Accounting
Animal culture > Cattle
Deposited On:25 Oct 2018 04:19
Last Modified:19 Nov 2018 06:03

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