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Learn about the insights gained on dairy beef production from research leaders, farm businesses and processors involved in the dairy beef supply chain.

Dairy beef production

Beef cattle

The Australian dairy industry supports the development of more profitable and sustainable pathways for surplus dairy calves. The production of beef and veal from dairy breeds requires specialist production systems and produces an animal with different carcass specifications to traditional beef breeds.

A study tour of the well- established dairy beef supply chain in the United States of America (USA) was conducted in 2017 to inform our industry about options for rearing and marketing calves for veal and beef production. The aim of the tour was to explore ways to improve the management and value of surplus dairy calves in Australia.

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USA Dairy Beef Pathways Study Tour 2017 (PDF, 5303kb)

This report documents the insights gained from visits to research leaders, farm businesses and processors involved in the dairy beef supply chain in Texas, California and Wisconsin during September-October 2017.

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Focus Farms

Dairy Australia has established a network of Focus Farms to support farmer decision making. Find out how Focus Farms looks at the factors impacting decisions at any point in time, including seasonal and market conditions.


DataGene is an independent and industry-owned organisation responsible for driving genetic gain and herd improvement in the Australian dairy industry and is an initiative of Dairy Australia and industry.

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