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Livestock

The meat and livestock industry in Tasmania, and its flow-on into the manufacturing and retailing sectors, contributes significantly to the State's economy. 

The industry sectors include beef, wool, prime lamb and dairy (each with separate FarmPoint links).  

The Tasmanian livestock industry is part of the National Livestock Identification Scheme (NLIS) for cattle, sheep and goats. 

Other relevant FarmPoint pages:

Calendar of Events
Market Reports


Animal Diseases

With all animal and poultry diseases, early diagnosis is most important. These links provide some information on various animal and poultry diseases.

Animal Welfare

The Animal Welfare Act 1993 has recently been substantially amended.

Beef Industry

Information on the Tasmanian beef industry.

Dairy Industry

Dairy information for Tasmania.

Food Safety

Ensuring food produced in Tasmania's primary production and processing sectors is safe to eat is an important step in ensuring the wellbeing of consumers and protects our reputation as a producer of safe and clean food.

Livestock online databases

Online databases related to Livestock.

Managing dry seasonal conditions in Tasmania

There are a range of tips, strategies and support programs to support Tasmanian farmers facing dry seasonal conditions.

Organic farming

Organic farms can be found across Tasmania and are involved in varying enterprises from wine to sheep's cheese. Includes information on converting to organic farming.

Pasture management

Information on pasture management in Tasmania. Providing livestock producers with information on pasture production and management.

Sheep Industry

Information on the wool and sheep meat industry in Tasmania.

Veterinary online databases

Online databases related to Veterinary Science.

Beef production trial (target of 2,000kg liveweight/ha)

A three year trial investigated grazing management practices, designed to increase beef production to 2,000kg liveweight/ha per year.

Electronic Bobby Calf National Vendor Declarations (NVDs)

Bobby Calf NVDs can now be generated from home computers using free software available through Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

Farm Business Planning Tools

Gross Margin Analysis templates allow comparisons to be made between potential livestock and cropping enterprises. The business overheads can be taken into account using the 'Designing a Successful Business' template and put into a broader context by using the 'Financial Management Property Planning Module'.

Field Days - visit the Calendar of Events

For information on field days visit the Calendar of Events.

Getting the best from 'Wormtest'

'Wormtest' measures the average number of worm eggs in the dung samples of stock.

NFF Farm Facts 2012

National Farmers Federation (NFF) Farm Facts 2012
  Links (FarmPoint is not responsible for the content of the websites linked to below. The link does not constitute any form of endorsement.)

Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit

AGBU's work has greatly assisted the improvement of livestock through breeding in Australia and overseas. A vibrant scientific program continues with regular publication of research results in scientific journals. However, its main purpose is to meet ongoing demands from Australia's livestock industries for research, development and training in genetics.

AuctionsPlus

AuctionsPlus provides electronic online auctions of livestock and sale reports.

Australian Alpaca Association (Tasmania)

Tasmanian section of the national organisation promoting alpacas as a viable and sustainable primary industry.

AWEX - wool market information

AWEX Market Information Services provides a range of wool industry market reports based on daily, weekly, monthly, and annual cycles.

Calving histogram calculator (MLA)

The calving histogram has been developed to help producers measure the calving performance of their herds.

Feed budget tables

Feed budget tables for drought/dry conditions in southern Australia.

Horse Welfare and Diseases (DPIPWE)

Horse welfare and disease management.

Livestock and Meat Australia (ABS - August 2007)

Statistics about slaughtered livestock.

Online Livestock

Sell, buy, search and advertise for livestock in Australia.

Prices and markets (MLA)

Market information from Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) provides the latest prices, forecasts and analysis for Australian and international red meat markets.

Property Registration for Livestock Identification (PICs)

Application forms for Property Identification Codes (PICs) in Tasmania.

Soil compaction guidelines (NSW DPI)

Guidelines for managing soil compaction, from NSW DPI.

Soil Compaction in Tasmania

Information on soil compaction in Tasmania

Soil Erosion in Tasmania

Information on the extent, types, and control of soil erosion in Tasmania.

Tasmanian Freight Equalisation Scheme

Provides assistance to shippers of eligible goods, transported by sea between Tasmania and the Australian mainland, with the aim of reducing the freight cost disadvantage imposed by Bass Strait.

Tasmanian Rural Industry Facts and Figures

Facts and Figures on rural and related industries in Tasmania, prepared and updated by DPIPWE staff.

Tips for hiring and keeping good staff (MLA)

A national survey has provided clues on how to attract, motivate and retain good staff for livestock enterprises.

Using DSEs and carrying capacities to compare sheep enterprises (NSW DPI)

Shows the comparative feed requirements of sheep through the use of dry sheep equivalent ratios.