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Barkly Beef


Newsletter, June 2016

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DEPARTMENT OF PRIMARY INDUSTRY AND FISHERIES Page 11 of 23 Barkly Beef Newsletter minimum stress to the animals. Helen says this is one of the hardest tasks to teach new workers. The DVD teaches workers to read the animals and apply the right amount of pressure at the right spot at the right time. Workers are quickly able to recognise the animals reactions and understand why they are reacting the way they are, Helen said. The DVD follows the same principles that John and Helen have been advocating and putting into practice for most of their career in the pastoral industry. John said, When I muster with a helicopter, I allow cows to gain confidence and trust in me, and they gather up and wander off in the general direction of the yard. Its not a matter of floating them or bombing them off water. In fact, you take the opposite approach. Slowly apply pressure on and pressure off and in their own time the cows will gain confidence, gather themselves and their calves and away theyll walk. It takes time and patience but the returns are worth it. According to John, the key benefits of low stress stock handling are fewer OH&S incidents, less wear and tear on machinery, reduced labour costs, and calm and tractable animals who handle pressure better and thus lose less weight. Its not uncommon after a muster to see the lead of Armstrong cattle standing at the gate, chewing cud while the tail walks past and yards up. Long gone are the days of cattle busting through yards, John reflected. If youre doing it right, theres no reason you shouldnt get this result every time. Johns final advice is to get the animals attention, then their confidence. Only then are cattle ready and happy to comply with pressure. The DVD is just one tool in a pastoral managers weaner training program aimed at increasing overall enterprise and industry productivity and profitability. Helen would like to see more training delivered in simple formats. No one these days has the time to sit down and watch Bud Williams for a day. This DVD is simple, short and can be applied by staff immediately. I think there should be more industry initiatives like it. You can find the training videos on the departments YouTube Channel. If you have trouble viewing the videos we can send you copy on a USB stick: contact trudi.oxley@nt.gov.au. Theres a new Commonwealth Biosecurity Act On 16 June 2016 the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources Biosecurity Act 2015 replaced the Quarantine Act 1908. This is a comprehensive modernisation of Australian biosecurity legislation and work will continue over the coming years to fully implement the Biosecurity Act and to realise its full benefits. There are no changes to the way existing import conditions take into account the animal and plant health status of different states and territories as a result of the Act coming into effect. The Australian government and states and territories will continue to work together on ensuring regional differences supported by scientific evidence are reflected in Australia's import conditions. mailto:trudi.oxley@nt.gov.au