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Phosphorus supplements to increase productivity

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At Glenflorrie Station in the Pilbara, Murray and Aticia Grey are measuring the effects of phosphorus supplementation on the growth and reproductive performance of their young cattle. The property is part of the MLA's producer demonstration site (PDS) program.

As soil phosphorus levels are an issue in the Pilbara, and many cattle are deficient in the mineral, they are testing if mineral supplements could increase their maiden heifer calving percentage from around 60% to up to 80%.

In addition to increased conception rates, the cows' weight should also improve -- further adding to the financial benefits of using supplements.

Find out more about phosphorus in Phosphorus management of beef cattle in northern Australia, available at www.mla.com.au/phosphorus-management

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