Researchers at Central Queensland University are investigating the use of in-paddock automatic drafting to improve calf management practices.

In-paddock automatic drafting systems work by installing the infrastructure at the entrance to a compound surrounding an attractive source, such as a water trough. Cattle are required to walk over a weighing platform and through a drafting gate to access water. Their electronic identification is recorded along with their weight as they enter the system. Cattle can be drafted one of three ways according to a range of purposes, such as access to supplementation, if they meet a specific weight or, as we are proposing, to separate calves from cows. A short introduction to in-paddock auto-drafting is explained in the video below.

We need your help to better understand how livestock producers might use this technology and where they see the most benefit.

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Dr Kym Patison and Associate Professor Mark Trotter
k.patison@cqu.edu.au              m.trotter@cqu.edu.au
0438 290 681                              0447 441 841

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