Online beef tool
A new and improved online calculator is set to transform the marketing of cattle in NSW and help producers maximise profits and better meet customer requirements.
NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI) Research Leader Animal Production, Michael Beer, said BeefSpecs will help farmers target specific beef markets and get the most value out of their cattle operation.
‘‘ BeefSpecs is an online livestock model that predicts the future weight and fat levels in beef cattle,’’ Mr Beer said.
‘‘The tool allows farmers to make more informed management decisions and meet various customer specifications for weight, fat scores and other beef carcase requirements.
‘‘The online calculator requires producers to input current live weight, rump fat depth, and frame score and provides an initial snapshot of growth and maturity parameters of cattle while on farm.
‘‘Drawing on this analysis and further information on animal sex, breed, hormonal growth treatment and growth rates the calculator then estimates the beef carcase characteristics at point of sale.
‘‘This allows producers to forward-plan and put in place strategies to ensure their cattle meet market requirements.’’
BeefSpecs is available at: http:/ /beefspecs.agriculture.nsw.gov.au/