Tropical cattle: the Brahman

Brennan, Claire (2015) Tropical cattle: the Brahman. Queensland Historical Atlas, 4 February 2015.

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Abstract

[Extract] Queensland is home to nearly half of Australia’s beef cattle, and the vast majority of those beasts contain at least some Brahman blood. As a result the Queensland cattle industry has come to depend on beasts whose origins lie outside Europe and which are better able to cope with the local environment. While today humped cattle are a common sight in Queensland, their adoption took place relatively recently and they were firmly rejected at first. The rise of the Brahman in tropical Queensland dates from the 1960s and occurred only after a concerted campaign on the part of government agricultural researchers. By 2001 that shift was estimated to have benefited the Queensland cattle industry by $8.1 billion.

Item ID: 37625
Item Type: Article (Short Note)
ISSN: 1838-708X
Keywords: environmental history; Brahman cattle; Queensland; tropical Australia
Date Deposited: 30 May 2016 05:13
FoR Codes: 21 HISTORY AND ARCHAEOLOGY > 2103 Historical Studies > 210303 Australian History (excl Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander History) @ 100%
SEO Codes: 95 CULTURAL UNDERSTANDING > 9505 Understanding Past Societies > 950503 Understanding Australias Past @ 100%
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