Cattle and land management practices

The information resources listed below provide advice on cattle and land management issues based on studies and trials.

Best practice cattle and land management

You can get best-practice manuals of the most up-to-date information on cattle, land and general property management for the Top End and Katherine regions.

They are both a reference book and a guide for producers to quickly get up to speed on local best practice.

Katherine region

The Katherine best-practice manual contains chapters dealing with all of the following subjects:

  • animal health
  • cattle management
  • cattle nutrition
  • infrastructure and station development
  • land management.

Get the cattle and land management best practices in the Katherine region manual (13.9 mb). 

Top End region

The manual for best practices in the Top End region is available in two parts.

Part 1 contains information and chapters on the following topics:

  • landforms
  • seasons
  • infrastructure and station development
  • land management
  • cattle breeding
  • cattle management.

Get the cattle and land management best practices in the Top End region manual Part 1 (9.8 mb).

Part 2 contains chapters on the following topics:

  • cattle nutrition
  • animal health
  • floodplain production.

Get the cattle and land management best practices in the Top End region manual Part 2 (13.9 mb).

Measuring cattle performance in the Alice Springs area

Performance measures help predict pastoral property returns and provide a yardstick for station performance.

You can get the outcome of trials, herd health programs, pastoralist feedback and surveys over a number of years for the Alice Springs area. 

Read the Agnote cattle performance data for the Alice Springs district (68.8 kb).

Feeding rubberbush to cattle and sheep

A study found the rubberbush - a coarse shrub native to tropical Asia and Africa - is not toxic to grazing animals in Australia, although it has killed animals in Africa.

For more information about the study and its conclusions read the Technote toxicity experiments of rubberbush fed to cattle and sheep (34.2 kb).

Dehorning and castration of calves

Dehorning and castration are essential management practices for the Northern Territory cattle industry. 

For the best methods and technique recommendations read the Agnote dehorning and castration of calves under six months of age (76.6 kb).

Last updated: 13 October 2017