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Beef production trial (target of 2,000kg liveweight/ha)

A three year trial run at Winnaleah in north-east Tasmania investigated grazing management practices and fertiliser applications, aiming to increase beef production to 2,000kg liveweight/hectare/year.

The first stage of the trial compared three grazing systems: -   

  1. set stocking, (which had previously been used at the site);
  2. a four paddock rotation;  and
  3. intensive rotational grazing. 

The second stage of the trial used the best of the grazing treatments, (intensive rotational grazing) and compared nitrogen fertiliser applications to increase pasture production. Results of both stages of the trial are published in the links below.

This grazing trial was established as a partnership between Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA), the Tasmanian Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE), Muirhead Enterprises, Roberts Ltd and Incitec Pivot. 

For more information, please contact Peter Ball at the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) on (03) 6233 6810, or by email to - peter.ball@utas.edu.au