The cattle and calf industry for slaughter in Queensland is valued at about $3.24 billion in 2013, according to the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry. In 2011–12, around 3.55 million head of cattle and calves were slaughtered in Queensland, which was slightly less than in 2010–11.
The beef cattle industry is a significant economic driver for vast tracts of Queensland, across a range of climates and production systems.
The Wide Bay Burnett has approximately 20% of Queensland’s beef cattle enterprises. The region has three distinct land types—coastal zone, Gympie area and inland Burnett zone—where the following production systems are undertaken:
The coastal zone generally consists of breeding and selling store steers from weaner (6 to 9
months old) to 2 years old. There is also some finishing on improved pastures.
The Gympie area consists of many small properties, mostly sub-commercial. The most
common production systems are breeding and selling of vealers, butchers’ calves and store
weaners to yearlings. There are a smaller number of enterprises buying and growing stores.
The inland Burnett zone consists of breeding and selling weaners and stores and Japanese ox,
depending on the mix of land types available. Finishing is only feasible on the more productive land types.