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Scoping the development of high value beef production from dairy bulls using forage-based systems

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Barber, D. G., Bauer, M. and Sullivan, M. L. (2020) Scoping the development of high value beef production from dairy bulls using forage-based systems. Project Report. Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.



Rearing male dairy calves is not a common practice in Australia but has been successfully adopted overseas in dairy and beef production systems using grain and protein concentrates. There is a shortage of information about cost effective forage feeding systems that can be used in Australia to achieve target growth rates for male dairy calves to become a high value beef product. The desktop study conducted a literature review and investigated the cost: benefit of a range of current and potential feeding systems. There was limited published information regarding the nutritional requirements of male dairy breed calves and a lack of data available on the potential growth rates and subsequent carcass characteristics from forage-based feeding systems. The economic analysis clearly identified that forage-based systems have the potential to improve the gross margin and return on investment of dairy beef production systems for a range of Australian beef markets. The cost of calf rearing was also identified as a key barrier for achieving a profit. The economic analysis of eight feeding systems across a range of beef markets has clearly identified the production and economic potential of low-cost high-quality forage systems and the future RD&E needs for growing out male dairy calves.

Item Type:Monograph (Project Report)
Business groups:Animal Science
Keywords:Final report
Subjects:Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Agricultural economics
Agriculture > Agriculture (General) > Farm economics. Farm management. Agricultural mathematics
Animal culture > Cost, yield and profit. Accounting
Animal culture > Cattle
Animal culture > Cattle > Dairying
Animal culture > Rangelands. Range management. Grazing
Animal culture > Feeds and feeding. Animal nutrition
Live Archive:20 Sep 2021 01:29
Last Modified:04 Nov 2022 04:26

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