Australian Beef Report

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In the Australian beef industry, the underlying long-term profitability of the majority of beef businesses is alarmingly low. Simple, cost-effective action is urgently needed. The Australian Beef Report is the only document of its kind. It delivers the most comprehensive objective analysis yet undertaken of the productive and financial performance of the Australian beef industry, from the herd through to the whole business. This analysis clearly identifies the issues and how to address them. The report is co-authored by Phil Holmes and Ian Mclean, experienced beef industry specialists. Its purpose is to provide analysis, insights and advice that have never been previously available. The industry analysis includes northern & southern production systems as a whole as well as by region, market and herd size. Read More https://youtu.be/9jNMGkdg694 Purchase the Report
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Agribusiness: How much debt can my cattle operation afford?

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By Ian McLean, Bush Agribusiness* , 19 January 2017 “How much debt can I afford to take on with my property?” This is a critical question for all cattle producers to ask themselves, and the answer is unique to each business, suggests respected agribusiness management consultant, Ian McLean. https://www.beefcentral.com/news/agribusiness-how-much-debt-can-my-cattle-operation-afford/
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Tectonic shift or high tide for the beef industry?

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Record high beef prices, increasing demand for quality protein, decreased herd size…… are we seeing a tectonic shift for the beef industry, or is this a cyclical high tide that while welcome, is only temporary? This is best addressed by looking at the current prices relative to longer term prices in real terms (with inflation removed), which is shown in the below graph. Two major points can be seen here; there is an obvious cycle in the prices, and we are currently at a high point in the cycle, the current prices are not significantly higher than they were in 2001, This doesn’t mean prices won’t continue rising; what prices will do in the short term is anyone’s guess. However the cyclical nature of commodity prices is pervasive and high…
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The Efficiency of Beef Production

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Growing cattle convert grass into beef moreefficiently than breeding cattleAs the proportion of growing cattle in the herd increases the total beef produced increases, up to a point (which is determined by reproductive rate and annual weight gains)Breeding herds should focus on maximising reproductive rate and then growing the progeny out as heavy as country and available markets permit, while lowering mortalityThe carrying capacity of land under management is one of the main limiting factors of a beef business, the number of AE run in the long term should be set at the long term carrying capacity,The herd profile should be determined by reproductive rate and optimum turnoff weight, growing cattle with good annual weight gains can profitably displace breeders.The efficiency of beef production (measured as kilograms of beef produced…
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Drought After Action Review

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Make notes of what has worked, or not worked, so far in this drought. Keep these notes for an After Action Review (AAR) at the end of this drought. Your AAR sets the scene for how the lessons learnt in this drought can improve the management of the next drought. Full article
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