Category Livestock

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 […]

Queensland wild dog fences

Ashlee McEvoy ASAS/ASAP 2017 Communications Intern 25th March 2017 Remote Area Planning and Development Board (RAPAD) was allocated funds from the State Government’s $5 million commitment in May 2016 for the Queensland Feral Pest Initiative. The first round of funding towards the RAPAD fencing scheme in central west Queensland was given out in July 2016. […]

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  Ashlee McEvoy ASAP/ASAS Intern  A paper recently published in MDPI has outlined the current published and unpublished understandings of acute bovine liver disease (ABLD) and its links to certain types of grass, fungi and toxins that the disease may be associated with.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

The importance of a good start

Penny Young, ASAS/ASAP intern Many people could tell you that a runt animal will be affected by its poorer start over the course of its life, and this understanding has prompted greater research into how those early life events can have a lasting influence on an animal’s development. In biomedicine, this concept is known as […]

ASAP Fellow speaks at ASAS Midwest Meeting

By Chloe Mitchell, ASAS/ASAP communications intern Dr. Frank Dunshea of the University of Melbourne was invited to present the Bentley Lecture at this year’s American Society of Animal Science (ASAS) Midwest Meeting in Des Moines, Iowa.

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.

Conference keynote speaker in the news

Dr. Temple Grandin, keynote speaker at Animal Production 2016, held 4-7 July in Adelaide, is featured on collectible trading cards by the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO).