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Beef Industry

Meat cattle are produced in all agricultural regions of Tasmania. Beef dominates the Tasmanian red meat industry, with the lamb industry being about a third of the value of the beef industry. Tasmanian beef production represents about 2 per cent of the Australian beef herd.

The State Meat Hygiene Act 1985 and the Commonwealth Export Control Act 1982 are overseen by the Department of Primary Industries, Parks Water and Environment (DPIPWE).  In addition, DPIPWE administers the Animal Health Act 1995 and The Animal (Brands and Movement) Act 1984 which underpin all animal traceback programs, including the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS).

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Calendar of Events
Market Reports
Notifiable animal diseases
Progress towards 2000kg/ha of beef liveweight production trials

Cattle Breed Societies

Provides links to various cattle breed societies.

Field Days - visit the Calendar of Events

For information on field days visit the Calendar of Events.

Red Meat Targets early weaning update

Early weaning is a good example of using pasture assessment, reducing demand and setting priorities to improve efficiency.

Red Meat Targets: science on farm

The simplest aspects of science that offer the greatest power and can turn every farm into a research and development centre.
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Angus Youth - activities and scholarships

Angus Youth is the junior activities division of Angus Australia. It offers many opportunities to its members through its extensive educational programs & scholarships.

Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit

AGBU's work has greatly assisted the improvement of livestock through breeding in Australia and overseas. A vibrant scientific program continues with regular publication of research results in scientific journals. However, its main purpose is to meet ongoing demands from Australia's livestock industries for research, development and training in genetics.

Animal Health Australia

Animal Health Australia (AHA) is a not-for-profit public company established by the Australian, state and territory governments and major national livestock industry organisations. AHA's mission is to ensure that the national animal health system delivers a competitive advantage and preferred market access for Australia's livestock industries.

Animal health cost-benefit calculator (MLA)

The Animal Health cost-benefit calculator has been developed to help you work out the benefit of applying an animal health treatment to your herd for bloat, clostridial diseases and grass tetany.

Australia's Red Meat Integrity System

A system of food safety measures, quality assurance and traceability from paddock to plate, guarantees the integrity of Australia’s $22.9 billion red meat industry.

Beef cattle appraisal

Provides links to primefacts including dressing percentages, frame scoring and live cattle assesment.

Beef Central

Beef Central is an online news and market intelligence service dedicated to the Australian beef industry.

Bovine Pestivirus in Tasmania

Information on Bovine Pestivirus including diagnostics, risks and management information.


BREEDPLAN is a modern genetic evaluation system for beef cattle breeders.

Buying and Selling Cattle in Tasmania

The National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) is Australia’s system for the identification and tracing of livestock.

Calving histogram calculator (MLA)

The calving histogram has been developed to help producers measure the calving performance of their herds.

Cattle Council of Australia

The Cattle Council of Australia represents and promotes the interests of Australian beef producers.

Cattle yards and equipment (DPI NSW)

Provides a number of links to cattle yard design and equipment.

Cost of production beef, lamb & goat (MLA)

An interactive, 'do-it-yourself' tool to help livestock producers calculate costs of production.

Grain and Graze 3 (GRDC)

The Grain & Graze program aims to boost farm profitability across the mixed farming zone of southern Australia, while helping to protect the environment.

Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

Meat & Livestock Australia provides R&D, market information and marketing to benefit the red meat industry

NLIS Allflex tags

Provides a link to the order forms for Allflex NLIS tags. Return the completed forms to livestock agents, who will then forward them on for processing.

Record keeping for herd improvement (DPI NSW)

The recording systems outlined present a package of practical records for beef producers.

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Provides assistance to shippers of eligible goods, transported by sea between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, with the aim of reducing the freight cost disadvantage imposed by Bass Strait.

Temple Grandin's Web Page (USA)

Information on livestock behaviour and the design of livestock facilities.

Tips for hiring and keeping good staff (MLA)

A national survey has provided clues on how to attract, motivate and retain good staff for livestock enterprises.