Back to Extension, training & tools

Subscribe to R&D Round-Up newsletter

Stay informed with a short, sharp monthly summary of MLA’s latest research reports.

Sign up

Creative Commons licenses

Usage of MLA education and extension resources – Creative Commons (CC)

MLA and its partners have funded the development of education and extension resources (including manuals, tools and calculators) to benefit Australian red meat producers. To improve the accessibility of these resources to industry, MLA and its partners have adopted an ‘easy access creative commons’ approach. Below is a list of resources that are available via creative commons licencing.

Creative Commons licence

Most copyrighted publications on this page are made available under Creative Commons Atribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International licensing, which permits sharing and use at no cost under the certain listed publications provisions.

Certain publications are not to be modified nor used to create derivative works, and these are made available under the Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 2.0 International licence (CC BY-ND 2.0 AU), which permits sharing but does not allow modification or the creation of derivative works. 

The type of licence will be indicated on each publication.

Conditions are available here.

MLA Creative Commons Fact Sheet

Attribution: Material to be attributed as outlined below.

More beef from pastures - manuals

Seven instructional manuals developed to achieve a sustainable (economic and environmental) increase in kilograms of beef produced per hectare through a whole of farm system and value chain approach.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Module 1 Setting directions: Helps producers set clear business objectives and the strategic direction of the beef enterprise.

Module 2 Pasture growth: Helps producers develop expertise in soil, pasture and grazing management to boost productivity and profitability.

Module 3 Pasture utilisation: Details methods to increase stocking rates and adopt a plant growth-based approach to grazing management.

Module 4 Cattle genetics: Provides information to help producers lift productivity and profitability through ongoing genetic improvement.

Module 5 Weaner throughput: Outlines practices to determine how and when to wean calves early in order to maximise production and profitability.

Module 6 Herd health and welfare: Outlines procedures required to manage a healthy, productive and profitable cattle herd.

Module 7 Meeting market specifications: Helps producers to increase financial returns by better meeting target market specifications, exploiting market opportunities and managing the risks.

More beef from pastures - videos

Instructional videos developed to achieve a sustainable (economic and environmental) increase in kilograms of beef produced per hectare through a whole of farm system and value chain approach. (Available for use under CC - no derivatives allowed).
Licence type
CC Licence CC BY-ND 2.0 AU
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Video available MLA's More Beef from Pastures - A producer experience from South Australia

Video available MLA's More Beef from Pastures - A producer experience from Western Australia

Beef, Lamb Cost of Production Tool

This tool, measured in cents per kilogram, uses an Excel spreadsheet and algorithms to provide an indication of the outlay required to produce each kilogram of meat for beef, sheep and goat.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia Limited

Download

Leucaena - A guide to establishment and management

This Leucaena Manual (First Edition) provides an overview to establish, graze and manage leucaena for cattle use.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia and The University of Queensland

Download

Give Goats a Go - Manuals

12 written modules compile best practice information to help producers secure a future as innovative, profitable and resilient world leaders in goat production.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Module 1 Property Planning

Module 2 Financial Analysis

Module 3 Industry Obligations: Currently being updated. Refer to Producer obligations for more information.

Module 4 Infrastructure

Module 5 Goat Selection & Breeding

Module 6 Husbandry

Module 7 Nutrition

Module 8 Marketing

Module 9 Parasite Control

Module 10 Mohair Production

Module 11 Goat Depots

Module 12 Producing Goats in the Rangelands

Give Goats a Go - Instructional Videos

Six videos compile best practice information to help producers secure a future as innovative, profitable and resilient world leaders in goat production.
Licence type
CC Licence CC BY-ND 2.0 AU
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Video available 1. Introduction 

Video available 2. Goat Fencing

Video available 3. Fit to Load 

Video available 4. Markets & Profits 

Video available 5. Live Weight Scales  

Video available 6. Goat Genetics 

Feed Demand Calculator

An Excel spreadsheet based calculator and software aims to provide:
- an appreciation of the pattern of feed supply and demand over a twelve-month period
- the location of "feed gaps"
- the ways in which modifying the livestock enterprise might help to close these gaps.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Health Cost Benefit Calculator

Excel & Flash player based calculation tool developed to assist in determining the benefit of applying an animal health treatment to a herd for bloat, clostridial diseases and grass tetany.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Calving Histogram Calculator

Excel based tool & algorithms develops a calving histogram to identify the percentage of cows conceiving at each cycle.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Food safety in the home

A four-page pamphlet covering recommended measures to practice food safety in the home.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Food safety when buying food

A two-page pamphlet covering recommended measures to practice food safety when buying food.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Food safety in the outdoors

A four-page pamphlet covering recommended measures to practice food safety in the outdoors.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Guidelines for the safe production of dry aged meat

A copyrighted manual that sets out principles for the dry ageing of beef and sheep meat, ensuring the public health and safety aspects are covered.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia, 2019

Download

Shelf life of Australian red meat

A copyrighted manual which explains the important elements contributing to shelf life of Australian red meat.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia, 2016

Download

Guidelines for the safe retailing of meat and meat products

These guidelines are specifically focused on operations such as butcher shops looking for information on  hazards and risks, ways to reduce the risk and  scientific support for the Food Safety Plan.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Guidelines for the safe manufacture of smallgoods

These Guidelines  provide information on hazards and risks in smallgood  products, suggest ways to reduce risks and supply scientific support for the Food Safety Plan.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

2011 microbiology quality of beef and sheep meat

The fourth national baseline microbiological survey of Australian beef and sheep meat quality conducted in 2011.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

5 things to know about new NVDs

This guide outlines the key features about the updated National Vendor Declaration (NVD) released in 2020, with an easier, more efficient and cost effective system.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Why carbon neutrality matters

The Australian red meat and livestock industry has set the ambitious target to be carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30). But what does this really mean on-farm and what can producers do to reach this goal?
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Red meat joins the war on waste

Plastic-free meat trays and technologies which extend shelf life are just two of the ways the red meat industry is helping to reduce food wastage.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

New study to help producers manage the impacts of bushfires

MLA is funding a ground-breaking study into the effects of bushfires on livestock health and welfare, with the aim of developing guidelines to help producers manage the impacts of future bushfires.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Visual Sheep Scores

Visual Sheep Scores is a pocket guide for commercial and stud breeders, providing a standardised framework for assessing and scoring visual sheep traits.

Licence type
CC Licence 3, Attribution - NoDerivs - ShareAlike: CC-BY-ND 3.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation

Download

Tips & Tools: Improving pasture use with the MLA pasture ruler

This includes an MLA pasture ruler and a Tip and Tool leaflet to show how to use the pasture ruler. The MLA Pasture Ruler provides the basis for a quick and easy way to estimate pasture mass (quantity) and quality. These estimates become a guide to the performance you can expect from your grazing animals.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Pasture Ruler

The MLA Pasture Ruler provides the basis for a quick and easy way to estimate pasture mass (quantity) and quality. These estimates become a guide to the performance you can expect from your grazing animals.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Weed Control Using Goats

This manual provides information on how using goats to control weeds can assist traditional control methods in providing efficient, sustainable pasture management when conducted according to best practice.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Tips & Tools: Managing weeds after drought

This Tip and Tool will show you how to achieve long-term gains through careful weed and pasture management during and after periods of drought.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Weed removers, pasture improvers - effective weed control

This fact sheet outlines the three main steps of a successful weed management program.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Managing scotch, nodding and spear thistle boosts pasture

This Tip and Tool explains how thistle management can be achieved with a combination of herbicides, pasture improvement, grazing management, physical control methods and biological control.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Managing saffron thistle boosts pasture production

This Tip and Tool will explain how saffron thistle can be managed with a combination of herbicides, pasture improvement and grazing management.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Managing Paterson's curse to boost pasture production

This publication explains how Paterson’s Curse can be managed with a combination of seasonal grazing management tactics, tactical applications of herbicides, and use of biological control.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Managing St John's wort-infested pastures to boost production

This Tip and Tool demonstrates how St John’s wort can be managed with a combination of herbicides, safe grazing and biological control.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Joining ewe lambs for more profit

This Tip and Tool will show you the benefits of joining crossbred ewe lambs at 7-9 months of age to improve productivity and profitability of your enterprise.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

On-farm management of Ovine Johne's Disease

This fact sheet recommends a combination of annual lamb vaccination and careful grazing management for farms infected with Ovine Johne’s Disease and provides a five-step process for managing infected flocks.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

The role of vaccination in the control of Ovine Johne's Disease

This fact sheet provides information on vaccination of lambs against Ovine Johne’s Disease (OJD). Australian research has shown that vaccination of lambs can decrease their subsequent death rate from the disease by up to 90%.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

The role of grazing management in the control of Ovine Johne's Disease

This fact sheet provides information on grazing management strategies that may be able to reduce the level of infection of Ovine Johne’s Disease within both vaccinated and non-vaccinated flocks.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Perennial ryegrass toxicoses

This publication helps producers prepare a management plan to deal with Perennial Ryegrass Toxicity (PRGT) which can be a serious problem for livestock grazing on perennial ryegrass dominant pastures in southern Australia.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Producers’ guide to production feeding for lamb growth

This publication aims to help producers: identify key profit drivers of intensive lamb finishing; complete a budget to determine profitability; improve lamb management through monitoring and appropriate actions; implement risk management strategies; and understand supply chain relationships and forward contracts.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Improving internal parasite control in sheep with nutrition

This fact sheet provides information which will help producers use nutrition as well as standard parasite management practices to control the effects of worm parasites in lambs.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

MSA Beef Information kit
MSA Sheepmeat Information Kit

A collection of all Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Sheepmeat Tips & Tools fact sheets. This provides an overview of how the MSA program was developed and the pathways used to optimise the eating quality of lamb and sheepmeat.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-ND 4.0
CC Licence 4, Attribution – No Derivatives
© Meat & Livestock Australia

MSA Sheepmeat Information kit

What is MSA sheepmeat?

The effect of nutrition and growth on sheepmeat eating quality

MSA requirements for handling sheep

The effect of breed and age on sheepmeat eating quality

The effect of pH on sheepmeat eating quality

The effect of hanging method on sheepmeat eating quality

The effect of cut and cooking method on sheepmeat eating quality

How to supply sheep to MSA

MSA Beef Primal and Sub-Primal Cuts Poster

MSA beef cuts poster
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-ND 4.0
CC Licence 4, Attribution – No Derivatives
© Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
Photos courtesy of AUS-MEAT

Download

MSA Lamb Primal Cuts Poster

MSA lamb cuts poster
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-ND 4.0
CC Licence 4, Attribution – No Derivatives
© Meat & Livestock Australia Limited
Photos courtesy of AUS-MEAT

Download

Wetting cattle to alleviate heat stress on ships

This Tip and Tool will highlight how improving the ventilation on livestock ships, the application of risk management tools and wetting cattle can all contribute to minimising the detrimental effects of hyperthermia (heat stress) in cattle.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
CC Licence 4, Attribution – Share Alike
© Meat & Livestock Australia Limited

Download

Prograze™ manual

The Prograze™ manual covers topics developed to assist cattle and sheep producers improve the quality of grazing management decision making. These topics include profitable and sustainable grazing, pastures for livestock production, sheep production from pasture, beef production from pasture, pasture growth, grazing management of pastures, and planning to achieve production and market targets.
Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

IMPORTANT LEGAL NOTICE
This PROGRAZE™ Manual is provided under Creative Commons Licence CC-BY-SA 4.0.
For the avoidance of doubt, the creative commons licence to this material does not include the use of any logos, trademarks or names, including the NSW Government, MLA and PROGRAZE™ trademarks. You must not in any way represent that the NSW Government, NSW Department of Primary Industries or MLA supports, endorses or certifies your products, services, methods or business. Only accredited deliverers may deliver a PROGRAZE™ course. For information on how to become an accredited deliverer of PROGRAZE™ contact the NSW Department of Primary Industries. A third party may hold copyright to some material presented in this manual, as indicated by specific attribution throughout. This licence excludes any material which is specifically attributed to another. You may be required to seek the third party’s consent to use the material. You must make your own enquiries in this regard. This licence does not waive an individual author's Moral Rights. For the avoidance of doubt, where the copyright material is used internationally, the author of the copyright material asserts their right to be identified as the author of the work.

For more information in relation to the licence go to mla.com.au/creative-commons
© Meat & Livestock Australia and State of New South Wales through Department of Regional NSW.

Download

Shelf Life Calculator

This Excel based calculator can be used to predict remaining shelf life of vacuum packed beef and lamb, based on storage temperature, and an estimation of the microbial load (Total Viable Count (TVC)) at the time of packing.  

Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

Disclaimer: Care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of the information contained in this tool. However, MLA and UTAS do not accept responsibility for the accuracy, currency or completeness of the information provided when using this tool. MLA and UTAS make no representations about the suitability or validity of this tool for commercial use. This tool is intended to provide general information only and it has been prepared without taking into account your specific circumstances, objectives, or needs. You should make your own enquiries before making decisions concerning your interests. Your use of, or reliance on this tool is entirely at your own risk and MLA and UTAS accept no liability for any losses or damages incurred by you as a result of that use or reliance.

© Meat & Livestock Australia and The University of Tasmania

Shelf Life Calculator

User manual

How to use guide

Journal Paper

Antimicrobial stewardship guidelines for the Australian cattle feedlot industry

These guidelines equip feedlot managers with practical information on antimicrobial resistance and provide a framework to ensure the appropriate use of antimicrobials in Australian feedlots. This reduces the risk of antimicrobial resistance and safeguards the use of these important animal health tools well into the future.

Licence type
CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia Limited

Antimicrobial stewardship guidelines - CC

Lamb Carcase Value Calculator

The lamb carcase value calculator has been developed to estimate the gross profitability of lamb carcases. This Excel based carcase calculator uses currently available (and evolving) carcase grading inputs to predict the weight of commercial cuts specified by the user, as defined by their end market specifications. This, coupled with price/kg and costs, enables the processor to determine the value of the carcase depending on what cutting/boning end market specifications are available for each carcase for the processors supply chain.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ
By using the Lamb Value Calculator (LVC) you accept and acknowledge the following:
The results from the LVC are estimates only and are not guaranteed. None of the results from use of the LVC should be treated as recommendations or advice. The information, models and spread sheet tools are made available on the understanding that MLA is not providing any recommendation or professional advice. The LVC and the results provided are generic and do not take into account your personal circumstances. The results are a guide only and not intended to be relied on for the purposes of decision making. You should make your own enquiries and seek professional advice before making decisions concerning your interests and particular circumstances. Other than as required by consumer protection law, under no circumstances will MLA be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by your reliance on estimates or information obtained by using the LVC. MLA specifically disclaims any liability (whether based in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise) for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special losses and/or damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the LVC or by your reliance on estimates or information obtained by using the LVC.

It is recommended that new users seek ALMTech guidance on understanding the calculator functionality and to receive support in developing a use case. The designated contact is Richard Apps rapps@mla.com.au

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Lamb Carcase Value Calculator
User Manual

Beef Carcase Value Calculator

The Beef Carcase Value Calculator has been developed to estimate the gross profitability of beef carcases. This Excel based carcase calculator uses currently available (and evolving) carcase grading inputs to predict the weight of commercial cuts specified by the user, as defined by their end market specifications. This, coupled with price/kg and costs, enables the processor to determine the value of the carcase depending on what cutting/boning end market specifications are available for each carcase for the processors supply chain.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

IMPORTANT INFORMATION - PLEASE READ
By using the Beef Value Calculator (BVC) you accept and acknowledge the following:
The results from the BVC are estimates only and are not guaranteed. None of the results from use of the BVC should be treated as recommendations or advice. The information, models and spread sheet tools are made available on the understanding that MLA is not providing any recommendation or professional advice. The BVC and the results provided are generic and do not take into account your personal circumstances. The results are a guide only and not intended to be relied on for the purposes of decision making. You should make your own enquiries and seek professional advice before making decisions concerning your interests and particular circumstances. Other than as required by consumer protection law, under no circumstances will MLA be liable for any loss and/or damage caused by your reliance on estimates or information obtained by using the BVC. MLA specifically disclaims any liability (whether based in contract, tort (including negligence) or otherwise) for any direct, indirect, incidental, consequential or special losses and/or damages arising out of or in any way connected with the use of the BVC or by your reliance on estimates or information obtained by using the BVC.

It is recommended that new users seek ALMTech guidance on understanding the calculator functionality and to receive support in developing a use case. The designated contact is Richard Apps rapps@mla.com.au

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Beef Carcase Value Calculator

National Cattle Numbers and National Sheep Numbers (images)

These infographics show the national sheep and cattle numbers as of June 2019.

Licence type:

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia
Based on ABS data

National Sheep Numbers June 2019

National Cattle Numbers June 2019

Controlling Bovine Respiratory Disease in feedlot cattle

This fact sheet details what Bovine Respiratory Disease is and how it can be prevented and controlled to increase feedlot productivity and animal welfare.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Controlling Bovine Respiratory Disease in feedlot cattle

Controlling nematode parasites of goats in pasture-based systems

This publication helps you understand the importance of grazing management to worm control, learn how to maximise the effectiveness of a drench in your operation and counteract drench resistance.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Controlling nematode parasites of goats in pasture-based systems

Encouraging biodiversity benefits

This fact sheet discusses the benefits of biodiversity and tactics in achieving and capitalising on variety.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Encouraging biodiversity benefits

Encouraging birds onto your farm

A rich diversity of birds usually indicates a healthy ecosystem. This fact sheet outlines various tactics to encourage birds onto your farm.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Encouraging birds onto your farm

Expanded use of molasses for intensive beef cattle feeding

This fact sheet outlines the benefits of using molasses for feed, including the competitive cost, its composition and using surfactants to reduce viscosity.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Expanded use of molasses for intensive beef cattle feeding

Get the best out of set stocking

This Tip and Tool discusses about how to get the best out of set stocking to improve your pasture and animal production.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Get the best out of set stocking

Getting started with simple time-based rotational grazing

This fact sheet outlines how a rotational grazing system can improve pasture production, utilisation and persistence. Moving stock around a small number of paddocks, grazing each for a fixed time, is an easy way to get started.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Getting started with simple time-based rotational grazing

Guidelines for controlling lice and other external parasites on goats

This publication helps you know the indicators of external parasites on goats, become familiar with key parasites affecting goats, understand different treatment strategies and know how to effectively and safely use external parasite control products.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Guidelines for controlling lice and other external parasites on goats

High-energy feed alternatives for the feedlot industry

This fact sheet outlines some high-energy alternatives which will allow feedlot operators to lower the cost of rations, while maintaining feed quality.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

High-energy feed alternatives for the feedlot industry

Improving internal parasite control in sheep with nutrition

This fact sheet provides information which will help producers use nutrition as well as standard parasite management practices to control the effects of worm parasites in lambs.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Improving internal parasite control in sheep with nutrition

Increasing earthworms in pastures

Earthworms can substantially improve the quality and quantity of pasture and crop production. This fact sheet outlines some simple tactics that can increase the number of these valuable soil organisms.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Increasing earthworms in pastures

Intensive rotational grazing

This publication addresses implementing rotational grazing based on pasture growth to maximise pasture and animal productivity and flexible rotational grazing based on plant growth to boost pasture utilisation.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Intensive rotational grazing

Looking after drought pastures

This Tip and Tool gives you management tactics to avoid potential problems with pasture survival, recovery and composition during drought.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Looking after drought pastures

Making perennial ryegrass-based pastures productive and persistent

This Tip and Tool will give you management strategies to maximise perennial ryegrass productivity and persistence and maintain plant density without the need to re-sow regularly.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Making perennial ryegrass-based pastures productive and persistent

Making phalaris-based pastures more productive and persistent

This Tip and Tool shows you how to apply grazing management to encourage establishment and production from phalaris-based pastures.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Making phalaris-based pastures more productive and persistent

Making the most of phosphorus fertiliser applied to soils

This fact sheet provides information on the benefits of applying phosphorus, and how to manage risk from erosion and run-off to achieve higher returns per hectare.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Making the most of phosphorus fertiliser applied to soils

Managing annual grasses to boost pasture production

This publication will show you the benefits of applying grazing management tactics in perennial dominant pastures by season to reduce problem annual grasses.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Managing annual grasses to boost pasture production

Managing deep drainage

This fact sheet outlines tactics and management considerations to help minimise deep drainage and combat dryland salinity.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Managing deep drainage

Managing ground cover to reduce run-off and water loss

This publication will show you the benefits of how better management of ground cover can reduce run-off and increase the rainfall available for plant growth resulting in possible increases in productivity.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Managing ground cover to reduce run-off and water loss

Managing soils to keep them healthy and productive

This fact sheet outlines how using grazing management can promote soil organisms contributing to healthy and productive soil.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Managing soils to keep them healthy and productive

Maximising production from Kikuyu-based pastures

This fact sheet provides information on how to maintain high-production kikuyu-based pastures

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Maximising production from Kikuyu-based pastures

Preventing calf scours in suckler beef enterprises

This fact sheet explains how to better manage calving herds to avoid loses due to calf scours, improve calf health and immunity to infection and how to limit the spread of scours during an outbreak.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Preventing calf scours in suckler beef enterprises

Strategies to boost the productivity of native pastures

This fact sheet looks at how seasonal management tactics, applying fertiliser and managing stocking rates can boost the productivity of native pastures.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Strategies to boost the productivity of native pastures

Tactical grazing to maximise pasture and animal productivity

This fact sheet provides information on how tactical grazing tools can improve pasture and animal productivity.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Tactical grazing to maximise pasture and animal productivity

The accuracy and success of EBVs

This fact sheet outlines the benefits of using estimated breeding values (EBVs) if you are trying to make genetic improvement and predict progeny performance in your beef enterprise. EBVs are now available to allow genetic change for many of the economically important traits.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

The accuracy and success of EBVs

Treating calf scours

This fact sheet provides information on determining which calves require treatment for scours, how to select and use oral electrolyte solutions for best results and when to consult your veterinarian during a calf scours outbreak.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Treating calf scours

Using leucaena in the Darling Downs

This fact sheet outlines the findings of an MLA Producer Demonstration Site project that investigated the growing conditions and varieties suitable for establishing leucaena in the Darling Downs region, which has a shorter growing season than tropical regions and is susceptible to frost.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Using leucaena in the Darling Downs

What Females Should I Sell?

This tip and tool is designed to help northern beef producers examine why selling the right females is so important and includes guidelines for producers to consider such as weighing up market opportunities and specifications, the cost of replacement heifers and pregnancy rates in first-calf cows.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

What females should I sell

Managing Heifers Pre-Joining

This tip and tool is designed to help northern beef producers with planning from pre-joining, through to calving. A heifer management program is crucial for effective performance of northern breeding herds.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

How do I manage heifers pre-joining to improve reproductive performance

What joining system should I use?

This tip and tool looks at cattle joining options - controlled, restricted, segregated, and continuous - and details the advantages and disadvantages of each system, and other key points to consider.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

What joining system should I use

What's Causing reproductive loss?

Using a step-by-step approach to on-farm diagnosis, sample collection and laboratory confirmation, this publication helps northern beef producers determine causes of reproductive loss and define the most effective solution.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

What’s causing reproductive loss

Heifer Wheel

Create your own heifer management calendar by using this tool.

Licence type

CC Licence: CC-BY-SA 4.0

© Meat & Livestock Australia

Heifer Wheel

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock – by region

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - Northern VIC

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the northern region of Victoria.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - Southern VIC

This fact sheet provides key information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the southern region of Victoria.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - TAS

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in Tasmania.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - SA Mallee and Upper EP

This fact sheet provides key information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the Mallee and Upper Eyre Peninsula region of South Australia.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - SA Mid North, Lower Yorke Eyre

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the mid northern/lower Yorke Eyre region of South Australia.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - WA Low Rainfall

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the low rainfall region of Western Australia.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - WA Medium Rainfall

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the medium rainfall region of Western Australia.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - NSW South West Slopes

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the South West Slopes region of New South Wales.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Profitable Integration of Cropping and Livestock - NSW Central West

This fact sheet provides key  information for the profitable integration of cropping and livestock in the Central West region of New South Wales.
Licence type
CC Licence 4, Attribution - ShareAlike: CC-BY-SA 4.0
© Meat & Livestock Australia

Download

Ownership of intellectual property rights

Unless otherwise noted in ‘Acknowledgments’, copyright (and any other intellectual property rights) in the publications and tools are owned by Meat & Livestock Australia Limited.

Enquiries

For any enquiries about MLA Easy Licencing via Creative Commons please contact cc@mla.com.au