Northern Territory producers to ‘BeefUp’ their businesses

The economics of feeding cattle to meet sale weights and tips to lift the performance of breeding herds in the Northern Territory will be among the topics discussed at Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) BeefUp Day at Katherine on 25 May 2017.

It is one of a series of MLA producer forums designed to update producers on the latest regionally-relevant cattle research and development and provide producers with information and tools they can use in their businesses.

The Katherine BeefUp day is being hosted by the Katherine Producer Industry Advisory Committee (KPIAC), which is part of the North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC).

Beef producer and KPIAC chair, Jay Mohr-Bell, Mathison Station, said the day will be an ideal opportunity for producers to hear about topics specific to the region.

“The industry in our region is experiencing a good time at the moment, with healthy prices and a good season. The topics that are going to be covered at the BeefUp forum are relevant and aimed to assist producers to make the most of current opportunities,” Mr Mohr-Bell said.

The event will also be an opportunity for producers to have input into where they believe their levies should be directed in terms of research, development and adoption (RD&A) priorities. The producer consultation session will be facilitated by MLA BeefUp Day coordinator Barb Bishop.

It is the second year MLA has undertaken regional consultation meetings with producers throughout Australia.

The first round of consultations assisted in 18 new on-farm RD&A projects receiving MLA investment.

Other presenters to feature at the Katherine BeefUp Day include:

  • John Bertram, Breeding and genetics specialist – Lifting the performance of breeding herds
  • Rebecca Mohr-Bell, ArGyll Consulting – ‘Feed, sell or hold’ – Economics of feeding to meet sale weights
  • Jodie Ward, Department of Primary Industries and Resources (DPIR) – Research update
  • Martin Pentecost, Director of Powers Agribusiness and Finance – Building my beef business – How to make the decisions
  • Jarrod Lees, Meat Standards Australia (MSA) Operations and a representative from AACo Livingstone Beef – Beef up your business in the market place.

The MLA BeefUp Day starts at 10am on 25 May 2017 with tea and coffee from 9.30am at the DPIR Katherine Research Station, Stuart Highway, Katherine, and morning tea, lunch, afternoon tea and a barbecue dinner will be provided. Cost is $20 and registration is essential by 24 May 2017.

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