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Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’for reproductive performance in north Australian beef herds

Cowley, R., McCosker, K., Pahl, L., Smith, D., Whish, G., Wooderson, M., Fordyce, G., Holloway, C., Jenner, D. and Materne, C. (2019) Finding the ‘Sweet Spot’for reproductive performance in north Australian beef herds. In: Proceedings of the Northern Beef Research Update Conference.

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Abstract

We know that nutrition has a dominating effect on the reproductive performance of beef breeding
females, but the level of pasture utilisation required for optimal cow herd production in northern Australia is unknown. We are using existing datasets to: 1) quantify the effect of pasture utilisation rates on reproductive performance (pregnancy, lactating cows pregnant within four months, calf loss and weaning percentage); 2) improve the capacity of existing models to predict cow performance and economics of herd management; and 3) recommend management to improve cow herd performance, production and profitability while maintaining the land and pasture resource for different land types and regions in northern Australia.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Animal culture > Breeding and breeds
Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Deposited On:01 Jun 2021 02:18
Last Modified:03 Sep 2021 16:46

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