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Long term performance of different cattle stocking strategies in a variable climate

O'Reagain, P. J., Bushell, J. and Anderson, A. E. (2022) Long term performance of different cattle stocking strategies in a variable climate. In: Australian Association of Animal Sciences 34th Biennial Conference 2022, 5–7 July 2022, Cairns, Queensland.


Publisher URL: https://www.publish.csiro.au/AN/pdf/ANv62n11abs


In the extensive beef industry of northern Australia, failure to manage for rainfall variability such as by applying heavy stocking rates and/or not matching animal numbers to feed availability, frequently results in land degradation and economic loss. While sustainable management strategies such as stocking at long-term carrying capacity (LTCC) exist, adoption rates are often low due to perceived unprofitability. One important factor limiting adoption is the lack of empirical evidence showing the relative economic, production and environmental benefits of recommended strategies. To address this issue, a large (1040 ha) grazing trial was established in 1997 near Charters Towers, Queensland, to test the relative performance of different stocking strategies.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Business groups:Animal Science
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural meteorology. Crops and climate
Animal culture > Cattle > Meat production
Live Archive:06 Feb 2024 04:12
Last Modified:06 Feb 2024 04:12

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