Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/4384
Title: Where to from Brahmans in the northern Australian herd?: Maintaining the economic benefit of earlier infusions of 'Bos indicus'
Contributor(s): Burrow, Heather Mary  (author)orcid ; Griffith, G R (author); Barwick, Stephen  (author); Holmes, W E (author)
Publication Date: 2003
Handle Link: https://hdl.handle.net/1959.11/4384
Abstract: Economic values derived from a terminal crossbreeding system based on Brahman cows and a tropically adapted composite herd targeted to meet specifications of the grass-finished Japanese market were compared to a straightbred Brahman herd. The model represented a typical individual central Queensland integrated breeding/finishing enterprise or a northern Australian vertically integrated enterprise with separate breeding and finishing properties. Due mainly to a reduced age of turnoff of Crossbred and Composite sale animals and an improved weaning rate in the Composite herd, Crossbred and Composite herds returned a gross margin of $7 and $24 per Adult Equivalent (AE) respectively above that of the Brahman herd. The benefits of changing 25% of the existing 85% of Brahmans in the northern Australian herd to either Crossbreds or Composites over a 10-year period were also examined, using either no premium or a 5c per kg premium for carcass quality in Crossbred and Composite sale animals. With no premium, annual benefits were $16m and $61m for Crossbreds and Composites in 2013. The cumulative Present Value (PV) of this shift over the 10-year period was $88m and $342m respectively, discounted at 7%. When a 5c per kg premium for carcass quality was included, differences in annual benefits rose to $30m and $75m and cumulative PVs to $168m and $421m for Crossbreds and Composites respectively.
Publication Type: Conference Publication
Conference Details: AAABG 2003: 15th Conference of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, Melbourne, Australia, 7-11 July, 2003
Source of Publication: Proceedings of the Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics, v.15, p. 294-297
Publisher: Association for the Advancement of Animal Breeding and Genetics (AAABG)
Place of Publication: Armidale, Australia
ISSN: 1328-3227
Fields of Research (FoR) 2008: 070201 Animal Breeding
Socio-Economic Objective (SEO) 2008: 830301 Beef Cattle
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: E1 Refereed Scholarly Conference Publication
Publisher/associated links: http://www.aaabg.org/livestocklibrary/2003/294-297.pdf
Appears in Collections:Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU)
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