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The RDE&A for the northern beef industry – feast or famine.

Phelps, D. (2019) The RDE&A for the northern beef industry – feast or famine. In: Proceedings of the Northern Beef Research Update Conference, 19-22 August 2019, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

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Northern Australia’s beef producing regions are susceptible to drought. Production systems rely on rain-fed pastures, mainly on extensively grazed native pastures. The most immediate impact of drought are feed and water shortages necessitating reduced stock numbers or increased feed costs. Extended droughts lead to a decline in land condition, substantial destocking, reduced cash flow, depletion of financial reserves and can undermine industry confidence or an increase in poor mental health outcomes for individuals (Phelps and Kelly 2019).
Grazing is the main economic driver in many regions. For example, grazing accounts for 45% of town-based business activity and 25% of economic output (Kelly and Phelps 2019) for central-western Queensland. The impacts of drought reach beyond the farm gate, leading to reduced employment opportunities, outmigration and reduction of services essential for both town and grazing businesses (Kelly and Phelps 2019).

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural education > Research. Experimentation
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
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