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Economic effects of alternate growth path, time of calving and breed type combinations across southern Australian beef cattle environments: Feedlot finishing at the New South Wales experimental site

BL Davies, AR Alford, GR Griffith

Animal Production Science | Published : 2009


The ‘Regional Combinations’ project and its biophysical outcomes have been described in several other papers in this special edition. The information provided in these papers allows an evaluation of the most profitable beef cattle production systems across different environments in southern Australia. In this paper, the focus is on the New South Wales experimental site where the trial animals were finished in a feedlot. The data identified liveweight gain as the biggest driver of profitability of production. Between growth treatments, there was a large difference in the gross margins before feedlot entry between the ‘fast’ and ‘slow’ treatments favouring the fast-grown animals, even after ac..

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