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
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Northern Beef Report

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The 2013 Northern Beef Report comprehensively details the performance of the northern beef industry, by region, market and herd size over the 12 years since the start of the century. On average, the profits achieved over that time frame have been low, but not trending down. However the profitability of the top performers across the industry has been trending down over the period analysed. Profit after interest is decreasing, and is mostly negative, as a result of increasing debt with no increase in profits. The majority of Northern Beef producers are not economically sustainable as they are not able to fund present and future liabilities. There is wide variation in performance across the industry; this report clearly identifies what separates the top performers and what factors determine the profitability of a beef business. This report provides analysis of a wide range of measures, providing the means…
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Adult Equivalent Methodology

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The Adult Equivalent (AE) is the standard measure of grazing loads used in extensive grazing areas across northern and pastoral Australia. An Adult Equivalent is a 450kg Bos taurus steer at maintenance (not gaining weight). The energy (feed) requirements of different classes of animals (based on breed, sex, weight gain, pregnancy/lactation status etc.) determine their AE Rating relative to the equivalent animal. For example, a 500kg Bos indicus steer gaining 0.6kg/day has an AE rating of 1.6, which means it will require 1.6 times as much grass as a 450kg Bos taurus steer that is not gaining weight.. Bush AgriBusiness undertook a project in 2013 for Meat & Livestock Australia to develop a practical, defendable AE methodology which provides an accurate, consistent means of calculating cattle grazing loads for production…
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