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Beyond the Bale : June 2011
June 2011 BEYOND THE BALE 34 ON-FARM FAST FACTS l AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia hosted an R&D Insights forum in March that outlined a selection of the R&D outcomes from their investments. l The forum had presentations on a range of R&D programs that influence on-farm performance and environmental outcomes. l The forum proceedings and the presentations are available on the AWI website. Over one hundred industry service providers including state agency staff, private consultants, veterinarians and researchers attended an R&D Insights forum hosted by AWI and Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) in March to hear details about a selection of the R&D outcomes from both AWI and MLA investments. This was the second R&D Insights forum that has been held by AWI and MLA following the first in 2009. A range of high quality and expert speakers from around Australia presented at the two day event. While the event was targeted towards professionals who advise sheep and cattle producers, the forum was also useful for producers interested in the latest R&D outcomes from AWI and MLA. More information: The AWI and MLA R&D Insights Forum proceedings and the following presentations from the event are available in PDF format on the AWI website at www.wool.com/RnDInsights SESSION ONE: DOLLARS AND SENSE -- THE BIG PICTURE 1. International and national trends - implications of the industry situation Keynote speaker: Neil Clark (Neil Clark & Associates) 2. Enterprise performance trends Sandy McEachern (Holmes, Sackett & Associates) 3. The changing face of WA enterprises Peter Rowe (BankWest) SESSION TWO: CLIMATE ADAPTION 1. The carbon debate - what is happening in the debate and issues for livestock systems - alternative perspectives? Dr Jeff Baldock (CSIRO Land and Water/ Sustainable Agriculture Flagship) 2. Climate adaptation in southern Australian livestock systems Russell Pattinson (Miracle Dog P/L) SESSION THREE: TOOLS AND MODELS TO HELP LIVESTOCK ENTERPRISES 1. Cost of production calculator Sandy McEachern (Holmes, Sackett & Associates) 2. The Phosphorous Assessment Tool Stuart Burge (Pastures Australia) SESSION FOUR: RESILIENT SYSTEMS: PASTURE/FEEDBASE/ FERTILISER 1. Phosphorus: the current global situation Dr Richard Simpson (CSIRO) 2. New pasture varieties Dr Daniel Real (Future Farming Industries CRC) 3. Right plant, right place, right purpose, right management Dr Ralph Behrendt (VIC DPI) 4. Pasture variety testing Mike Gout (Seed Force Pty Ltd) AWI and MLA R&D Forum SESSION FIVE: ANIMAL HEALTH AND WELFARE 1. Better animal husbandry Dr Joan Lloyd (Joan Lloyd Consulting) 2. Managing breech flystrike - on-farm management options (including chemical and management options) Geoff Lindon (AWI) 3. Managing breech flystrike - breeding for breech flystrike resistance indicator traits Dr Daniel Brown (Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit) 4. Targeted treatment for worms (sheep) • Sustainable sheep worm control: the refugia concept and targeted treatment. Dr Brown Besier (DAFWA and Sheep CRC) • Worm control in SE Australia -- is management of 'refugia' necessary? Dr John Larsen (The Mackinnon Project) 5. Targeted treatment for worms (Beef) • The cost of internal parasites in young cattle (Central Tablelands of NSW) Dr Bruce Watt (NSW LHPA) • Targeted worm control: optimising production in weaners Dr Nicholas Rolls SESSION SIX: GENETICS/GENOMICS: BREEDING A STRONGER FUTURE 1. Resilient genotypes • Maternal productivity project (sheep) Dr Mark Ferguson (DAFWA) • Maternal productivity project (beef) 2. Tools to evaluate benefit of genetics and genomics (beef and sheep) Dr Julius van der Werf (University of New England) 3. Sheep CRC genetics training initiative: communication and skills development needs assessment Dr Jason Trompf (Sheep CRC) Nominations for the 2011 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards are now open. Included in the Awards is the Wool Producer of the Year category, sponsored by AWI. Hosted by Kondinin Group and ABC Rural, the Australian Farmer of the Year Awards celebrate the highly professional, innovative and sustainable approach of our farmers, showcasing their passion and raising the profile of the important role they play in Australia's economic and social fabric. Would you like to be considered for the Wool Producer of the Year Award? Or do you know someone who deserves WOOL PRODUCER OF THE YEAR -- NOMINATIONS OPEN Who will be the 2011 Wool Producer of the Year?