The introduction of Black Angus and Wagyu cattle into extensive northern Australia has been watched with keen interest. As I was required to deliver a project as part of my livestock consulting internship, I spent some time looking at differences in adaptability among breeds due to renewed interest in this space.
Unfortunately, and to its detriment, broadacre agriculture is not always an evidence-based industry at producer level. Yes, there are areas where evidence drives what is done, but it is far from universal. Too much attention is placed on fads and searches for silver bullets.
A good livestock agent, like many service providers, can be invaluable to a livestock business, but a bad one can be very expensive.
In Australia, carbon farming is an emerging industry that is making an important contribution to Australia’s emission reduction task and is central to the Government’s climate change policies.