Beef Productivity Growing05 August 2013
AUSTRALIA - The Australian beef industry has achieved productivity growth of 0.9 per cent per year, primarily due to output growth of 0.6 per cent, and moderate reductions (0.3 per cent) of input use according to the report Australian beef financial performance of beef cattle producing farms, 2010-11 to 2012-13 from ABARES.
Separating the northern and southern regions, productivity growth in the north has outpaced the south, with growth at one per cent per year, largely assisted by the average herd size increasing 1.3 per cent per year and stocking rates increasing two per cent per year, since 1988-89.
Meat and Livestock Australia said that according to ABARES, the improvements have been the result of more sophisticated cattle management systems, the shift to a higher proportion of bos inducus cattle and the eradication of brucellosis and tuberculosis.
These have combined to improve herd health, increase branding rates and reduce mortalities.
Like the north, advances in genetics and improved herd, disease and fodder management have contributed to greater productivity in the south, however, the rate of improvement has been slower, at around 0.4 per cent per year.
Explaining the sluggish growth is the better rates already achieved, the greater prevalence of small farms with less capacity to improve, and the generally more intense systems being more exposed to climatic variability and drought.
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