A count-back suggests >2000 visitors saw the Nindooinbah cattle breeding operation in 2012. Highlights included attendees to the World Brangus Forum, groups from Indonesia, China and South America as well as travellers from all parts of Australia.
Genetics is the key to long-term weaning rate improvement in the north, beef genetics consultant Don Nicol from Breedlink, argues. “It will be the cheapest means of weaning rate improvement, with long-term pay offs to users,” he says.
Abstract: The major factors significantly (P < 0.05) associated with mortality for potentially large numbers of calves included the specific production environment represented by site-year, low calf birthweight (more so than high birthweight) and horn status at branding. Almost all calf deaths post-branding (assessed from n = 8348 calves) occurred in calves that were dehorned,