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BredWell FedWell

BredWell FedWell (BWFW) is a practical, one-day introductory workshop on how productivity and profitability can be improved through good breeding and feeding over the livestock production cycle, with a specific focus on profit drivers.

Producers can use the outcomes of the workshop to develop a genetics and nutrition regime suited to their environment and markets to boost profitability.

Event details

2024 Workshops 

Date

Details

26 July

Marthaguy, NSW

Sheep

Flyer           Register

30 July

The Sisters, VIC

Beef cattle

Flyer           Register

31 July

Forbes, NSW

Sheep

Flyer          Register

1 Aug

Cobar, NSW

Sheep

Flyer          Register

13 Aug

Gibson, WA

Sheep

Flyer          Register

13 Aug

Edenhope, VIC

Sheep

Flyer          Register

19 Aug

Kidman Springs, NT

Beef cattle

Flyer          Register

21 Aug

Waterhouse, TAS

Beef cattle

Flyer          Register

23 Aug

Boree Creek, NSW

Sheep

Flyer          Register

27 Aug

Manypeaks, WA

Cattle

Flyer          Register

29 Aug

Kangaroo Island, SA

Sheep

Flyer          Register

25 Sep

Walcha, NSW

Sheep

Flyer          Register

 

No workshop in your area? Register your interest here. We will let you know when a workshop is on in your area. 

BWFW workshop cost: Workshops booked from 1 July 2024 will be priced at $350.00 per person. (GST incl.)

Workshops booked prior to 1 July 2024 will continue to be offered at the limited time introductory rate of $200.00 per person. Please see the event flyer for individual workshops to determine cost of attendance for that workshop.

Event details 

Date

Location

Workshop type

Deliverer

More information

26 July

Marthaguy, NSW

Sheep

Tim Gole – For Flock's Sake

Flyer

Register

30 July

The Sisters, VIC

Beef cattle

Jake Phillips – Angus Australia

Flyer

Register

31 July

Forbes, NSW

Sheep

Jim Meckiff – JM Livestock

Flyer

Register

1 Aug

Cobar, NSW

Sheep

Tim Gole – For Flock's Sake

Flyer 

Register

13 Aug

Edenhope, VIC

Sheep

Meg Bell – Coleraine Livestock Consulting

Flyer 

Register

13 Aug

Gibson, WA

Sheep

Caris Cornwall – Orion AG

Flyer

Register

19 Aug

Kidman Springs, NT

Beef cattle

TBC

Flyer

Register

21 Aug

Waterhouse, TAS

Beef cattle

Basil Doonan & Lauren Rowlands – Pinion Advisory

Flyer

Register

23 Aug

Boree Creek, NSW

Sheep

David Brown – David Brown Consulting

Flyer

Register

27 Aug

Manypeaks, WA

Beef

Rob Inglis - Elders

Flyer

Register

29 Aug

Kangaroo Island, SA

Sheep

Deb Scammell – Talking Livestock  

Flyer

Register

25 Sep

Walcha, NSW

Sheep

Jim Meckiff – JM Livestock

Flyer

Register

 

No workshop in your area? Register your interest here. We will let you know when a workshop is on in your area. 

BWFW workshop cost: Workshops booked from 1 July 2024 will be priced at $350.00 per person. (GST incl.)

Workshops booked prior to 1 July 2024 will continue to be offered at the limited time introductory rate of $200.00 per person. Please see the event flyer for individual workshops to determine cost of attendance for that workshop.

New workshops in 2024

On the back of a decade of success, the BWFW workshops have been redeveloped to reflect evolving best practice genetics and nutrition management.

The structure of the workshop will utilise the BWFW breeding and feeding production cycle – see right – which covers pre-joining and joining, pregnancy, calving/lambing, weaning and beyond, and selection. 

Each ‘wedge’ in the cycle represents a major decision point in a producer’s commercial enterprise, where consideration of both breeding (genetics) and feeding (nutrition) is required.

The new highly graphical, easy to follow one-day workshop will continue to be delivered on-farm and producers will gain fresh knowledge about the latest research and management strategies in the field.

The BWFW workshops are:

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Informative

Presentations and discussions with deliverers and peers

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Interactive 

Practical and written activities hosted on-farm 

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Individualised

Learning outcomes you can apply in your own enterprise

New workshops in 2024

On the back of a decade of success, the BWFW workshops have been redeveloped to reflect evolving best practice genetics and nutrition management.

The structure of the workshop will utilise the BWFW breeding and feeding production cycle – see right – which covers pre-joining and joining, pregnancy, calving/lambing, weaning and beyond, and selection. 

Each ‘wedge’ in the cycle represents a major decision point in a producer’s commercial enterprise, where consideration of both breeding (genetics) and feeding (nutrition) is required.

The new highly graphical, easy to follow one-day workshop will continue to be delivered on-farm and producers will gain fresh knowledge about the latest research and management strategies in the field.

 

The BWFW workshops are: 

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Informative

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Interactive 

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Individualised

Presentations and discussions with deliverers and peers

Practical and written activities hosted on-farm

Learning outcomes you can apply in your own enterprise

What will I learn

Workshops are hosted on-farm and aimed to improve the knowledge and skills of producers so they can:

  • develop a customised breeding plan for their livestock enterprise aligned to their profit drivers
  • identify sires and select animals that help them meet their objectives
  • feed animals well to achieve their objectives and maximise their genetic investment.

 

What other producers say after attending BWFW

“Is it worth using EBVs for our cattle? Today tells me it is.” – Andy Hayes, The Garden Station NT.

"If you’re sitting on the fence about going to a BredWell FedWell workshop, register now. I attended a recent workshop in Western Australia and it was great value for money. There is plenty of gold to take away from the day no matter your level of knowledge.” - Spencer Knight, Gumnut Downs SA.

 

Benefit to your business

So far, BWFW has delivered $17.2m* in total net benefits to participating producers as a result of workshops delivered between 2015–2021. Participants can expect an average annual net benefit of $2.48/ewe joined for sheep producers, and $2.98/cow mated for beef producers.

*calculated as net present value of adoption to 2045, discounted at 5% annually.

 

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How to get involved

 

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Attend a workshop

Become a host

Be a deliverer

Supporting organisations

Workshops are available for all sheep types, southern cattle and northern cattle production systems.

Workshops will cost $350 per person (GST inc).

We will let you know when the next workshop is in your area.

 

You and your peers will hear the latest research and know-how on breeding and feeding livestock. Read the host guidelines to find out what’s involved with hosting a BWFW workshop and learn more about the benefits of hosting in this case study.

 

Deliverers interested in participating in the program have the opportunity to apply and attend ongoing train-the-trainer sessions that will be held based on demand throughout 2023–2025.

Instructions and more information about the application process are found in the terms of reference document (Supporting documents Annex 2 , Annex 3).

Help facilitate the logistics of a workshop or subsidise workshops for producers (Supporting organisation guidelines).

To find out more information contact the BredWell FedWell Coordinator. 

REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO ATTEND REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO HOST REGISTER YOUR INTEREST TO DELIVER CONTACT NOW

 

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