Beef herd management

A beef herd management carbon farming project involves managing a cattle station in a way that reduces the emissions intensity of the herd. The changes in cattle station management both reduce emissions and increase agricultural productivity.

Examples of changes in cattle station management activities can include:

  • Establishing higher quality pasture;
  • Providing a feed supplement all year round;
  • Improving weaning percentage by culling unproductive cows;
  • Installing fences to control herd movements and improve joining practices;
  • Expanding watering points to allow cattle to graze more widely and make better use of available pasture.

A beef herds carbon farming project is implemented on cattle stations around Australia for seven years. Cattle must be tagged, and the live weight gain of the herd must be positive for three of the seven years preceding the project.

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