AS a joint initiative of Goulburn Ovens Institute of TAFE, Department of Primary Industries (DPI) and Meat and Livestock Australia, beef producers from across the region are being given the opportunity to participate in the North East Beef School at Dookie College on Tuesday and Wednesday, August 7 and 8.
DPI BetterBeef Project Manager, Dougal Purcell said the Beef School goal was to increase the efficiency and profitability of participants’ beef enterprises and is open to all beef producers.
“This Beef School follows on from the successful inaugural event, held at Dookie College last year plus a replicated event in Gippsland in May this year, where close to 100 participants attended,” Mr Purcell said.
The one-day school combines topics and leading industry speakers into a program that includes practical activities in the cattle yards and concurrent sessions that allow participants to select the topics most relevant to their businesses.
“Commercial cattle producers have told us that they highly value the hands-on nature of these Beef Schools. The live animal assessment exercises in cattle yards are very popular, as is the hands-on nature of all the sessions.
“Breaking into smaller groups and having closer interaction with the technical experts is highly valued by participants,” Mr Purcell said.
The Beef School starts on Tuesday evening with a dinner, with after-dinner speaker, Deb Bain, Ambassador from the Australian Year of the Farmer.
Deb is a wool and lamb producer from Skipton in southwest Victoria and is the Founder and Director of Farm Day and Director of the Australian Year of the Farmer. She is a Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation Australian Women’s Award recipient and a passionate advocate for farmers.
The Beef School has an extensive program and includes Coleraine beef producer, Mark Bunge talking about managing a profitable and productive beef enterprise.
There will be sessions on live animal assessment, breeding technologies and animal handling with Graham Collins, Alison Desmond and Dougal Purcell and managing productive soils with soils expert, Cathy Botta. There will also be sessions on pasture growth and utilisation with John Mulvaney, keeping your National Livestock Identification System account up-to-date with Sam Ellis, and Charlotte Fox presenting on managing Pestivirus in your beef herd.
For the full program and further information, please contact Alison Desmond on 0409 424 274 or Leigh Kildey on 0457 543 622.