After conducting more than 384 More Beef from Pasture events in the past three years, reaching nearly 9000 producers, Meat & Livestock Australia says the program will become even more widely available through its release online.
The More Beef from Pastures (MBfP) program provides southern cattle producers with tools designed to help them increase the amount of beef they produce per hectare in an economically and environmentally sustainable way.
National MBfP Coordinator Peter Schuster said grazing management was crucial, yet the average producer only utilises about 35pc of the feed on offer.
“The feed is often already there. It is when you graze it and how you graze it that makes all the difference,” he said.
“Even if we lift pasture consumption by just 10pc to 45pc, that’s an increase in production for a relatively moderate shift.”
As well as pasture utilisation, the MBfP program covers herd health and welfare, weaner management, marketing and property planning.
It helps producers make sure priorities and resources align, so they can set realistic goals.
Central to the program is More Beef from Pastures: The producer’s manual, an information package that provides the essential principles and procedures for a successful beef business.
“All of the information previously available through the program has been consolidated, updated and, where required, rewritten to reflect the latest R&D outcomes, particularly the outcomes of the Beef CRC,” Mr Schuster said.
“This is available in an online format in seven user friendly, producer-centric, interrelated modules.
“The updated manual continues to be written by producers for producers, as well as tapping into the best industry experts and R&D in the country.
"The modules can be a constant reference point for southern beef producers to manage their enterprise.”
All pages are printer-friendly so users can print out content where required.
The online manual also offers interactive tools, so users can enter data and perform calculations electronically.
How to join MBfP
MBfP is being delivered through a range of activities depending on producers’ interests in a given area.
This includes information days, producer groups that may meet several times a year and MLA Producer Demonstration Sites.
For more information on how to get involved visit the MLA website here