The Great Livestock Industry Day Out

The Great Livestock Industry Day Out

Where scientists ask farmers the ‘hard questions’

Hosted by the Australian Association of Animal Sciences (AAAS) as part of their bi-annual conference, together with the WA Livestock Research Council and MLA

PROGRAM

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Sunday 31st of January 2021

1730 – 19.30 Welcome Reception

Monday 1st of February 2021

SESSION 1 | ASKING THE HARD QUESTIONS
0700 Registration
0730 Welcome and introductions
0745 Keynote address – Professor Graeme Martin: We need to be ready for great change in our markets and our livestock operating environment, posing problems that science will need to solve. How will this happen? How can science help ensure profitability and product value in the face of a rapidly changing world?
0815

Making the transition to non-mulesed flocks

Dr Bronwyn Clarke interviews Brookton farmer Ashley Hobbs and asks the hard questions about the reality of transitioning to non-mulesing. She is joined by a series of technical experts, including Narelle Sales, Johan Greeff and Jen Smith, to help consider the realities of resistance to preventative chemical treatments; genetic trade-offs and the emotional roller-coaster that goes with the non-mulesing decision. We deliberately leave plenty of time for audience Q&A to take advantage of the experience we have at hand.

0930 Morning Tea, brought to you by WAMMCO
SESSION 2 | WHEN DATA FROM NEW TECHNOLOGY REALLY DRIVES DECISIONS
1000

 Challenging your own sheep reproduction paradigm

Dr Caroline Jacobson interviews farmer and WALRC Chair Tim Watts to unpick the lamb survival story on Tim’s farm at Pingelly, through thorough data analysis. Caroline explores the surprises and the on-farm changes at the fingertips when data delivers the full story. They also play with some scenarios, such as what the data tells us would change if Tim moved his system to terminal sires.

1050

What do we do with the reality of DEXA?

With the DEXA system scheduled for installation at WAMMCO on February 15, this has the potential to accelerate selection for Lean Meat Yield – and maybe as a consequence play havoc with Eating Quality. According to Prof Graham Gardner it all comes back to what breeders will do with sire selection and performance recording; and how commercial producers use that information. Graham is joined by WAMMCO’s Rob Davidson and producers Rivers Hyde and Tom Bull, together with sheep reproduction scientist Dr Andrew Thompson to establish what needs to happen on farm to take full advantage of this new technology.

1140

How big is the optimal beef cow? And have EBVs driven a confusing set of behaviours in this quest?

Hosted by Prof David Pethick

Cow size has been increasing – some say by 100-150kg since the 1970’s. This is associated with the drive for increased growth which is of course is very important for feed efficiency both at pasture and in the feedlot. How does a breed and the Industry handle this issue?

Prof Wayne Pitchford, who ran the Beef CRC Maternal productivity program is joined by Nannup producer and lot feeder Matt Camarri – and draws on technical expertise of Brad Walmsley in AGBU Te Mania’s Tom Gubbins to determine if size really does matter.

1230 LUNCH, brought to you by Craig Mostyn Group 
SESSION 3 | THE HARD QUESTIONS ABOUT REGENERATIVE AGRICULTURE
1330 Welcome back from lunch – announcements and virtual interactions.
1340

Does Regen Ag increase profitability and improve sustainability? And does the science that advocates it stack up?

UWA agronomist Dr Megan Ryan calls on the expertise of NZ soil scientist Doug Edmeades, CSIRO’S Professor John Kirkeguard and WA DPIRD Research Scientist Dr Sarah Collins to unpick if chemical fertilisers are destroying our soil health and if so-called ‘conventional’ farming practises will deliver the necessary levels of soil carbon?
In this segment, we allocate ample time for audience Q&A and encourage producers to call on the science to help navigate their future farming decisions.

1500 What are the research gaps to progress from today’s discussion? MLA’s David Beatty reflects on what’s been discussed and how this might inform our next wave of levy investment.
1515 Close and Afternoon Tea
DINNER
1830 – 1030  Join us for the conference dinner, brought to us by Harvey Beef /Lewin Coast (Tickets can be purchased when you register)

Accommodation can be booked via the conference team at Rydges Esplanade or Quest Fremantle.

Program times are listed in AWST. To convert program times to your timezone, CLICK HERE

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