Category: Livestock Tips & Advice

The importance of reducing stress on livestock

Transporting, weaning and inducting livestock can be a stressful time for both the animal and producer. Stress can cause a host of issues such as dehydration, reduced ability of the animal to absorb magnesium, loss of appetite and compromised immune system. It is common to see issues such as shrinkage and ‘dark cutting’ in meat …

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How supplements can help in Drought conditions

As a hands-on stockman for over 40 years, my heartfelt thoughts go out to all that are caught up in these drought conditions, there is nothing more depressing to a livestock person than seeing their livestock that they have put their heart and soul into, slipping right in front of them. My passion is our …

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Why water medication is the answer for livestock supplementation

The issues traditionally argued around water medication have been solved. All stock must drink, so there is continuity in the supply of supplementation in their water supply. As the founder of Beachport Liquid Minerals, the cornerstone of my belief is to keep livestock in their paddocks and don’t stress them unnecessarily. The other strong belief …

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Coastal Cattle – Supplementing Trace Elements

One of our clients recently wrote a blog about using Beachport Liquid Minerals. Read about their experience below. Supplements are another thing I’ve just pushed aside as it all seemed complex and expensive. Recently I’d begun to wonder if I had a deficiency in my herd, as some of the symptoms I was worried about hadn’t …

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Reduce trucking stress

Stress can have a detrimental effect on livestock; reducing meat quality, impacting milk production, ongoing animal health issues and low weight gains can all be caused by stress. In this article, we focus on limiting livestock stress during times of transport. Transporting of livestock between properties, to and from feedlots and to sale yards and …

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The world’s strongest insect – the hidden paddock workers

The dung beetle! You wouldn’t believe how strong these little paddock workers are and the truly remarkable benefits above and below the ground. These little critters have great effects on your soil, pasture, global warming, reducing the population of bush fly and improving cattle grazing and nutrient recycling. 2 common types of dung beetles in …

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The importance of trace elements in cattle & sheep

As livestock producers, we understand the fundamental importance of the health of our livestock; which can be presented through performance indicators such as wool growth, milk production, and weight gain. Essential minerals are often passed off as a trivial aspect in the scheme of livestock nutrition. However, they are a massive player when it comes …

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Improve profitability in your feedlot

There are many diverse types of feedlots being used in our Australian livestock industry. The full-time feedlot has become a very successful part of both our beef and lamb meat industry, through to the on-farm feedlot, used when seasonal condition dictates or when opportunities may arise to add value on the farm. As all livestock …

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Drones in farming – Imagine the endless opportunities

A drone can be used in multiple farming scenarios; from creating a video during mustering to using it as a marketing tool for an up-and-coming bull or ram sale. Using a DJI Phantom 4 drone can assist you in checking water points, calving cows or lambing ewes, and all from the comfort of your vehicle …

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Eliminate the stress on your livestock when going to an event

It is important to eliminate factors that can make your animals stress during the show season. Whether your animal is seasoned to the show circuit or if it is their first time stepping out in the show ring, stress can affect your animal’s performance in a negative way. Travelling to a field day, show or …

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Drought in Northern Australia

Where is the rain? Whilst many Southern areas in Australia are waiting for their winter rains, approximately 66% of Queensland remains drought-declared. 2017 has seen the second driest June to be recorded for Australia; which has had an impact on the quality of grasses available for cattle in Northern Australia. With limited rains, producers need …

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Phosphorus deficiency in livestock

Phosphorus deficiency is a major problem in Australia, especially Northern Australia where it has been estimated that 70% of the soils are deficient in Phosphorus. It has been found that soils, where phosphorus is most commonly deficient, are in tropic and sub-tropic environments. Here at Beachport Liquid Minerals, we understand the importance of phosphorus in …

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The 6 Australian Organic Certification Bodies

Who do you contact to become organically certified in Australia? The Australian government has an Organic & Biodiversity Standard and gives authority to 6 certification bodies in Australia to administer certification to the national organic standard. The 6 certification bodies all use the national organic standard as a base standard. The organic certification bodies currently …

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Queensland Country Life article ‘Quilpie works mulga magic’

It’s been a long time since substantial rain fell on Stewart and Tracy Sargent’s 49,000-hectare beef property Granville, 65km north of Quilpie. With just 150mm of their 325mm average annual recorded in 2013, the Sargents are certainly living in one of the regions hardest hit by the current drought. But the ability of their Droughtmaster …

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Campdrafting in Australia

What is Campdrafting? “What’s that?” is usually the question fired back at me when I tell people that I’m off to spend the weekend watching my family and friends campdraft. My initial explanation, just to keep it simple, is “It’s like barrel racing, but with a cow out on course”. However, the sport itself is …

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