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Pastoral Production

New: Feedlotting Northern Territory Cattle. [ Download PDF English ] [ Download PDF Vietnamese]

The role of the Pastoral Production Division is to facilitate the sustainable development of the Pastoral Industry through the provision of research and extension.  Areas covered by the division include rangeland management, sustainable grazing strategies, improved pastures, breeder herd efficiency profitability and management (in cattle and buffalo), market development for the export trade to South East Asia through the provision of technical services to our trading partners and is also responsible for Indigenous economic development through the Indigenous Pastoral Program.

Our division has officers based in Alice Springs, Tennant Creek, Katherine and Darwin with a wide range of skills and access to information.

Northern Territory Pastoral Feed Outlook

The DPIF produces this outlook every March, June, September and December for the pastoral industry.

The outlook contains:

  • Estimates of pasture growth and current pasture levels for each of the 11 pastoral districts in the NT.
  • Commentary on how the current year compares to last year in each district.
  • Seasonal outlook information from the Bureau of Meteorology.
  • Alerts about management issues such as low feed levels and fire risk.

If you want to subscribe to receive this outlook (or provide feedback) please contact Rangeland staff at Alice Springs 8951 8111 or Berrimah Farm 8999 2007 (

Pastoral Survey

Pastoral Industry Survey 2010 - NT Wide (DOCX)
The previous NT Pastoral Industry Survey (in 2004) was the first comprehensive data of the Territory industry’s practices and plans that had been collected since the early 1980s. The results attracted great interest and showed a remarkable transformation of the industry over that 20 year period. It was therefore agreed that the survey would be repeated approximately every five years to monitor the progress of the industry as it evolves, and this survey which reports on the 2010 calendar year is the result. While the changes from 2004-10 have been less dramatic than those reported in 2004, the data shows steady development in the industry and significant investment in infrastructure and improved management.

For further information, contact Pastoral Production on +61 8 8973 9739

Top Paddock Newsletter is now available online.

Publications for download

Download Cell Grazing for Better Productivity and Carbon Sequestration Cell Grazing for Better Productivity and Carbon Sequestration
Tim Schatz, Peter Shotton and David Ffoulkes
Download Grazing Strategies for Tomorrow 2007 Grazing Strategies for Tomorrow 2007
The latest Pigeon Hole Field Day handbook, with results and management recommendations from the Pigeon Hole Project grazing trial. Contains excellent information for all pastoralists.