Paddock power

Sustainable and profitable intensification

Many breeder paddocks in Northern Australia are too big and under-watered to achieve optimum productivity. These large, poorly watered paddocks impact on reproduction and profitability: there’s over-and under-utilised feed (depending on distance from water), incomplete musters and limited opportunities to implement herd segregation, controlled mating or tactical pasture management.

Paddock Power, a three-year collaborative project between the Department of Industry, Trade and Tourism and Meat and Livestock Australia and the aims to answer:

  1. How much impact is paddock area and distance to water having on production?
  2. Where should we put new water and/or fencing infrastructure to get best bang for buck?
  3. Which infrastructure development option/s will deliver the best return on investment?

Want to get involved?

We’re looking for good quality station data from big paddocks – contact us to discuss how we can analyse your data to see what your calf loss rates and reproductive performance is in paddocks of different sizes and watered area.

Find out more

Join the Paddock Power Facebook group

Visit the Paddock Power project page on the FutureBeef website

Project contact

Dr Dionne Walsh
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
T: 08 8999 2178

Dr Kieren McCosker
Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade
T: 08 8973 9771

Last updated: 16 October 2020

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