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Producer phosphorus manual for the northern cattle industry

Phosphorus is one of the most important nutritional deficiencies in grazing beef cattle in northern Australia.  Despite the importance of phosphorus to productivity and considerable research and advisory efforts, the adoption of phosphorus supplementation (particularly during the wet season) appears to remain much lower than expected. Confusion about the recommendations for feeding and the practical difficulties in getting lick out to cattle during the wet, the tests required to determine animal phosphorus status, and doubts about the economic returns from feeding, all contribute to poor uptake of phosphorus supplementation in northern Australia. 

The McCosker and Winks (1994) book on phosphorus feeding in northern Australia provided valuable information on phosphorus nutrition of cattle.  However, since its publication, new research on phosphorus feeding and testing have led to changes in management and feeding recommendations.  In addition, producers needed a book that was easy to follow and where information was readily accessible. A literature review on the phosphorus nutrition of grazing cattle in northern Australia was completed by Coates and Dixon (2011), which identified and discussed all phosphorus research that has been conducted since publication of the McCosker and Winks (1994) book.  

The key findings in the literature review were distilled and incorporated into the new Feeding phosphorus to northern beef cattle manual. This manual provides producers with an easy-to-read, complete guide of information to assist with the phosphorus management of their cattle.  It incorporates new research outcomes, including updated recommendations for feeding, as well as detailed property case studies where the benefits of phosphorus supplementation were clearly identified for both animal performance and profitability.


Title Size Date published
919.4KB 09/11/2012


Contract No. Title Start date End date Funding type
Producer Phosphorus manual for the northern cattle industry
01/03/2010 28/05/2012

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