Beef Central’s Jon Condon interviews David Crombie, former Meat & Livestock Australia Chairman, after recent successes at the Brisbane Show’s Paddock to Plate competition. David outlines the improvements that have been delivered since the...More info
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,
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.