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Spyglass Beef Research Facility

Beef cattle at Spyglass Research Facility

Agri-Science Queensland, Department of Agriculture and Fisheries

Research at Spyglass focuses on tropically adapted beef cattle, pastures, biosecurity issues, remote technologies and commercial interests including the largest recorded Brahman and Droughtmaster breeding herd in Queensland. Carrying capacity is between 3000-4000 head, and high level animal welfare and ethical standards are maintained.

Website https://www.daf.qld.gov.au/contact/offices/stations-facilities/spyglass

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • Brahman and Droughtmaster herds with extensive genetic history
  • Electronically recorded genotypic and phenotypic animal traits
  • Extensive paddock and livstock recording systems
  • Staff experienced in stock handling and research station management
  • Range of land types and pasture species (improved and native)
  • Extensive and reliable water infrastructure
  • Intensive weaner management program (yard weaned - improves handling)
  • Above industry animal husbandry standards in cattle management
  • Station and trial security
  • High standard of animal welfare and ethics

Facilities and major equipment

  • 38,000 ha research property with a minimum of 2 water points per paddock
  • 2 sets of 5 way computerised hydraulic auto draft yards (1500 each)
  • Extensive plant and equipment to support research activity
  • Computerised remote weather stations, cameras and tank monitors
  • Extensive onsite hay and molasses storage facilities
  • Paddocks with controlled waters to improve research opportunities
  • Sample preparation room and secure onsite chemical storage container

Number of research staff

Upto 20 research staff

Address

46035 Gregory Development Road, Mail Service (MS) 99, via Charters Towers, 4820

Organisation type

  • Queensland Government – Partner

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Last updated:
19 June 2019