Seeking sustainable productivity improvements in the northern beef industry

Seeking sustainable productivity improvements in the northern beef industry Conference Paper

17th Australian Rangeland Society Biennial Conference

  • Author(s): Leigh Hunt, Andrew Ash, Cam McDonald, Joe Scanlan, Lindsay Bell, Robyn Cowley, Ian Watson, John McIvor, Neil MacLeod
  • Published: 2012
  • Publisher: Australian Rangeland Society

Abstract: Economic pressures have challenged Australia’s northern beef industry over the last decade. Productivity improvement has been slowing, costs of production have escalated rapidly and beef prices have not increased in real terms since 2004. Reversing these trends is imperative for a viable industry over the long term. We describe the approach we have taken in a new project that is exploring options for sustainable development of the industry as a basis for guiding research and development for the next 20 years. A range of development scenarios that offer potential to significantly improve profitability through productivity gains were developed in consultation with industry and technical experts. These scenarios are being assessed using a new simulation model of northern beef enterprises to explore their potential effects on productivity and economic and environmental outcomes in six regions.

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Leigh Hunt, Andrew Ash, Cam McDonald, Joe Scanlan, Lindsay Bell, Robyn Cowley, Ian Watson, John McIvor, Neil MacLeod, 2012, Seeking sustainable productivity improvements in the northern beef industry, Conference Paper, viewed 10 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=3661.

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