Quality Graze

About the project

Investigating the ability of Central Australian cattle to be finished on native pastures for meat standards Australia grading.

 Liveweight of 'Challenge' steers from data collected via Remote Livestock Management System compared to Performance Data collection with reference to recorded rainfall.

Figure 1 (above) - Liveweight of 'Challenge' steers from data collected via Remote Livestock Management System compared to Performance Data collection with reference to recorded rainfall.

Remote Livestock Management System - RLMS

To access data for individual steer data go to the Precision Pastoral website.

Enter usename: Steer Challenge 
Enter password: steer

The invite

Stations in the Alice Springs district were encouraged to nominate:

  • Minimum 10 steers
  • 6-8 months
  • 180-220kg
  • No pestivirus, worm burdens or coccidiosis

Keeping score

Remote Livestock Management System

Real time data

  • Live weight
  • Growth rate

Additional performance data

Quarterly

  • Live weight
  • P8 fat depth
  • Diet quality
  • Body condition
  • Hip height (skeletal growth)

The Battlefield

Old Man Plains (OMP) - Mulga Dam Paddocck

  • 2 paddocks
  • 12 month rotation
  • Seasonally adjusted stocking rate
  • Long term carrying capacity 2.2 AE/km2

Breeds

  • Angus
  • Murray Grey
  • Droughtmaster
  • Brangus
  • Hereford
  • Shorthorn
  • Santa Gertrudis
  • Brahman

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Last updated: 16 November 2016