Category Beef Cattle

Twinning in beef cattle: way of the future?

Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern Despite most producers wanting to maximize their output, calving percentages have not changed dramatically over the past few decades and this trend does not seem set to change into the future. Dr Leo Cummins believes ‘twinner’ cattle could change this trend, and shift producers’ goals from a calving percentage of 90% […]

Is it worth selecting for high milk production in beef cattle?

  Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP Intern Milking ability is a trait that many producers select for in their production systems, with the belief that it is one of the most significant influences on the weaning weight of a calf. However, a study by Edwards et al. from the University of Tennessee, recently published in Translational Animal […]

Protein boosts gains and fertility

February 2017, Ashlee McEvoy, ASAP/ASAS 2017 Communications Intern Industry specialist, Jeff House, principal of Jeff House Livestock and former NSW Department of Primary Industries cattle officer has told The Land in an interview that if livestock producers do not incorporate a protein supplement during the summer months when pasture qualities and growth are low, the […]

Australian beef in Indonesia

February 2017, Ashlee McEvoy, ASAP/ASAS 2017 Communications Intern In April 2016, Indonesian cattle importers were struggling with Australia’s record-high live export prices. Over an 18-month period, prices rose from $2.50 per kilogram to $3.90 per kilogram, and importers still had to pay over $4 per kilogram for delivery. At the time, the wet market in […]

Current understanding of Acute Bovine Liver Disease in Australia

  Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS Intern  A paper recently published in MDPI has outlined the current published and unpublished understandings of acute bovine liver disease (ABLD) and its links to certain types of grass, fungi and toxins that the disease may be associated with. ABLD is a hepatotoxic disease principally affecting both beef and dairy grazing […]

Walk over weigh for predicting calving date

By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern A paper in Animal Production Science has detailed a new automated weighing system that could be used to predict calving date.

GPS virtual fencing for livestock trial

By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern Agersens, a Melbourne technology startup company, has developed a GPS collar and smart phone app system for beef and dairy cattle. This technology was initially developed over ten years ago by the CSIRO, and soon may be available commercially.

World first genetic parameters for methane traits in beef cattle

By Holly Webb and Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications interns For the first time ever, researchers in Australia have discovered that methane emissions from beef cattle are a heritable trait. The milestone research, published online in the Journal of Animal Science, offers the potential for using genetic selection to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from cattle, without altering cattle performance.