- Published on Monday, 21 March 2016 15:57
THE POTENTIAL for Northern Territory pastoralists to increase the productivity of cattle herds hinges on identifying opportunities in relation to soils, pastures, genetics, and infrastructure.
So says the newly-appointed Northern Territory Minister for Primary Industry and Fisheries Gary Higgins. The performance of Droughtmaster cattle on the DPIF research station Old Man Plains, near Alice Springs, has shown optimal grazing management can deliver impressive production outcomes. Research during the past six years has shown that consistent supply of a quality product is possible even under an unpredicted and extremely variable climate if the right stocking rates and grazing systems are used.
The 500 square kilometre research station, originally a pastoral property but given to DPIF in 2003 when the Northern Territory government purchased the land in order to extend the West McDonnell National Park, has just weaned 300 calves.
Mr Higgins said DPIF research was also underway addressing the issue of meat colour, aimed at assisting Central Australian producers to access premium markets that require Meat Standards Australia grading and, in some cases, organic beef.
“The Alice Springs region produces some of the world’s best products, so producers here should be getting some of the world’s best prices for it,” he said.
Thirdly, long-running collaborative research was achieving major results in the field of remote cattle handling and the use of technology to better manage herds on extensive cattle stations.
(Article credited to "THE LAND")
(By: SHAN GOODWIN)