New research targets bloat in southern beef production systems

11 JANUARY 2021

New research targets bloat in southern beef production systems

Charles Sturt University researchers are calling on southern Australian beef producers to complete a short online survey as part of research examining the impact of bloat on the industry.

  • Charles Sturt University research aims to give insight on the impact of bloat on beef production in southern Australia
  • Beef producers are invited to take part in an online survey
  • The research aims to identify common features of bloat and determine if current prevention measures are sufficient

Charles Sturt University researchers are calling on southern Australian beef producers to complete a short online survey as part of research examining the impact of bloat on the industry.

The research, through the Fred Morley Centre and involving scientists from the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation, is investigating the prevalence of bloat, the common features across production systems and if prevention strategies are sufficient.

Charles Sturt Professor Bruce AllworthCharles Sturt Professor Bruce Allworth (pictured) said the research is in response to industry calls for more knowledge about the condition.

“We’ve had a lot of enquiry about bloat from beef producers in the last two or three years, and feedback from producers indicates they have been losing cattle despite using preventive measures,” Professor Allworth said.

“We need to know the extent of the losses and see if we can identify any specific risk factors. 

“We are also hoping to follow up with more intense monitoring in a number of herds this coming year.”

The survey is anonymous and will take 10 to 15 minutes to complete online.

Producers and managers of beef production enterprises are invited to take part in the survey and no prior knowledge of bloat is required to take part.

Media Note:

To arrange interviews contact Graham Centre communications officer Emily Malone 0439 552 385 or email: emalone@csu.edu.au

The research is funded by the Fred Morley Centre, has been approved by the Charles Sturt Human Ethics Research Committee, and involves Dr Shawn McGrath, Professor Allworth, Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover and Dr Cara Wilson.

The Graham Centre is a research alliance between Charles Sturt University (Charles Sturt) and the NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI)

Share this article
share

Share on Facebook Share
Share on Twitter Tweet
Share by Email Email
Share on LinkedIn Share
Print this page Print

All Local News Agricultural Science Graham Centre Research