Beef farm productivity

Here you’ll find research and resources to help beef farmers increase productivity and profits. There are also two good Australian websites – Beef CRC and Livestock Library.

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A crop for producing beef with white fat

Date published 1 December, 1998

This project investigates whether feeding turnip bulbs to steers for five to six weeks before slaughter reduces the yellow fat colour of their meat.

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A review of beef cross dairy bred cattle as beef breeding cows

Date published 2 October, 2008

This Massey University report by Stephen Morris looks at ways to make the breeding cow system more efficient and profitable.

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A significant number of old boys are just not up to it

Date published 28 October, 2011

Field data has shown an alarming number of mixed-age bulls (up to 25%) that were intended to be used for mating, were just not up to it.

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Accuracies of EBVs explained

Date published 27 October, 2011

This fact sheet explains why in using EBVs we must accept that we can never predict with 100% certainty how an animal will breed.

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An EBV for profit – the ultimate genetic selection tool

Date published 27 October, 2011

The ultimate genetic selection tool is one that combines all the genetically influenced costs and returns of a particular production system, and presents these in one $ figure.

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