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Relocation does not have a significant effect on the growth rate of Bos indicus cross steers

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UNSPECIFIED (2008) Relocation does not have a significant effect on the growth rate of Bos indicus cross steers. Australian Journal of Experimental Agriculture, 48 (5). pp. 608-614. ISSN 0816-1089


Article Link: https://doi.org/10.1071/EA07154


This experiment tested the hypothesis that relocating cattle is detrimental to their growth. The study examined the effect of having relocated cattle mixed with, or segregated from, the local acclimatised cattle at the destination property. Bos indicus cross steers (120) were allocated to three groups and were relocated, in two separate cohorts, 980 km from northern Queensland to improved pastures in central Queensland. At the start of Phase 1, the control group (C) was moved 3 months before the other two groups. The remaining two groups grazed native pastures; one group was supplemented (SR) to increase growth rate similar to that expected from improved pasture in central Queensland and the other was not supplemented (R). At the end of Phase 1, C was significantly (P < 0.05) heavier than SR, which was significantly (P < 0.05) heavier than R. At the start of Phase 2, the SR and R groups were relocated and after transportation the R and SR groups lost 12 kg or 4.4% of liveweight and 18 kg or 5.7% of liveweight, respectively; this weight loss was recovered after 5 days. All steers were reallocated to segregated (SEG) or mixed (MIX) treatment groups forming six treatments (SEG.C, SEG.R and SEG.SR and MIX.C, MIX.R and MIX.SR). There were no significant differences in liveweights within the SEG treatments by 57 days or within the MIX treatments by 106 days after relocation. There were few if any significant differences in the plasma constituents and differential leucocyte counts of the steers and most results were within physiologically normal ranges. We conclude on the basis of these results and of other experiments that the anecdotal poor performance of cattle after relocation appears to be unfounded.

Item Type:Article
Corporate Creators:Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Queensland
Keywords:black spear grass, brigalow, cattle, liveweight gain
Subjects:Animal culture > Breeding and breeds
Animal culture > Cattle
Live Archive:20 Feb 2024 02:19
Last Modified:20 Feb 2024 02:19

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