Cattle genetics and fertility highlighted at Richmond forum

North West graziers will have the opportunity to learn best management practices at a industry forum in Richmond on November 7.

Organised by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries beef extension team and Southern Gulf NRM, three speakers will provide industry update and information around breeder management at Richmond Shire Hall from 8.30am to 4pm.

Speakers will include DAF beef extension officer Tim Emery discussing bull selection and estimated breeding values, consultant Alison Larard presenting Beef Sense- People and Business and Rangelands officer Anne Alison discussing grazing land management.

Southern Gulf NRM Rangelands officer, Anne Alison, said producers would learn about what was currently regarded as industry best practice management.

“Through this workshop graziers will have the opportunity to self-assess their own grazing business practices against industry standards,” she said.

“If they would like to improve any of the practices they can develop an action plan that will assist them to improve the practice standards.”

Ms Alison said the genetics and fertility side of the workshop would benefit producers in the long term.

“Genetics and fertility can have a massive impact on a grazing business. These factors affect graziers’ productivity (kilograms of beef per hectare) and their profitability (dollars per hectare). 

“Bull selection can have an immense influence on breeding success. By purchasing bulls that are fertile and carry traits best suited to the region’s climatic and environmental conditions it can increase herd efficiency, which is critical.”

To register or more information about this workshop contact Anne Alison on 0407 789 747 or Rob Caird on 0459 894 143.