On­line beef tool

Southern Riverina news - - Rural Outlook -

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/

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