Livestock Advisor Updates

Livestock Advisor Updates are regionally relevant, one-day technical workshops held in northern, southern and western Australia. The workshops provide opportunities for livestock advisors, leading producers and professional extension consultants to:

  • learn about the latest red meat R&D
  • gain skills, tools and knowledge to increase their offering to clients
  • network with their peers.


Given the diversity of the Australian livestock industry and the research underway to support producers, annual events are held in:

Livestock Advisor Updates bursary opportunity

The Livestock Advisor Updates program aims to support the entry of less experienced/new industry participants into red meat advisory roles. The events will provide a great opportunity for new advisors to expand both their network and their knowledge base. As a result, bursaries to attend Livestock Advisor Updates have been made available to new advisors. Bursaries for the 2019 events have been awarded, and six people have had the opportunity to attend livestock advisor updates events to help expand their networks and their knowledge.

Laura Kemmis and Tanisha Shields

 Laura Kemmis and Tanisha Shields (pictured above) were awarded bursaries to attend the Sydney workshop.

Tanisha works as Land Services Officer Agriculture for Western Local Land Services based in Balranald in south western NSW. Tanisha is passionate about bringing more industry development opportunities to the region to encourage the industry to remain prosperous and strong.

“Livestock Advisor Updates provided me with a valuable opportunity to build upon my network in the livestock industry. Being a young adviser in western NSW, having support and mentoring is a key part of providing advice to producers in my area. I have come away with many new contacts to add to my network.”

Laura operates her own business, Productive Livestock Systems, an independent livestock consultancy based in Cootamundra NSW. Laura is passionate about working with producers to build their capacity and communicate the latest research findings, and particularly enjoys facilitating group workshops.

“Interacting with other advisors at livestock advisor updates gave me different perspectives and ideas about different ways of doing things. It opened my eyes to different ways of supporting my clients. Having the opportunity to network with a room of my peers is not something that happens very often – and working on my own it’s really important for me to have a solid network and build personal relationships.”

John McLaughlin and Jonathan Farris were awarded bursaries to attend the Brisbane workshop.

John is the rangelands project officer for the Northern Gulf Resource Management Group (NGRMG) based in Georgetown, far north Queensland. John has a keen interest in agricultural production and a strong passion to strive for long-term sustainability in grazing by maintaining productivity and profitability within the industry.

As an Extension Officer in one of Queensland’s more remote regions, the MLA Livestock Advisor Updates was a great opportunity for me to not only learn about the latest innovations and R&D in the red meat industry, but also to connect and interact with industry stakeholders. The presentations were well balanced and explored not only topics relating to animal production (e.g. P supplementation), but also NRM issues including vegetation management and carbon farming. Since the event I have pursued new projects and activities for Northern Gulf that stem from the insights and knowledge gained from the day.”

Jonathan is the Northern Development Officer for Angus Australia, based in Emerald Queensland. The objective of his role is to increase the utilisation of Angus influenced cattle to improve productivity and profitability in the beef supply chain of northern Australia.

I gained valuable insight on the presentation by Tim Schatz on ‘The importance of P supplementation in P deficient country in northern Australia’. Anecdotal evidence about the benefits of using P supplementation has been around for quite a while, however it was good to see some hard facts and figures come out of the Kidman Springs trial and the cumulative ROI over a 5 year timeframe. Like my work in increasing the adoption of Angus infused genetics into northern Australia, small simple steps can make a massive impact on the productivity and profitability of northern beef herds.”

Perth workshop bursaries awarded

Ella-Jane Bird from Elders animal health team at Cranbrook is the recipient of a WA livestock advisor updates bursary.

Ella has been working with the team at Elders Cranbrook for the last two years in the animal health role. Prior to working for Elders Cranbrook, Ella was a veterinary nurse for three years at Mira Mar Veterinary Hospital in Albany WA, although predominately working with small animals her passion has always been with livestock. She is passionate about the sheep industry and working with the producers to increase production, particularly around lamb survival and weaner profitability.

While helping them keep up to date with the latest in industry recommendations and research findings. Ella lives with her partner on his sheep and cropping property between Tambellup and Gnowangerup. When Ella is not at work you will find her actively involved in farm life and the community or out riding her horses.

“The MLA Livestock Advisor Updates provided an invaluable insight into livestock operations across the state with perspectives from industry leaders in both advisory services and red meat production. The event also gave me the opportunity to learn more about the latest innovations and R&D available to the sheep market and network with industry professionals.” – Ella-Jane Bird, Elders (2019 Livestock Advisor Updates bursary recipient)

Livestock Advisor Updates working group

The Livestock Advisor Updates project team work closely with a technical working group to deliver the events that address key issues and opportunities for producers. They also guide the format, location and programs, and assist in promoting the event to their industry networks.

Each regional event has a separate group to ensure the content is regionally relevant and identifies the right speakers.

Members of the working group were selected through an independent expression of interest process that considered their past experience, professional capacity and work in similar capacity.

If you would like to be considered for future positions on a working group, or provide feedback to the regional team for future content or speakers, please email the contacts below.


MLA project manager:

Mick Taylor
Project Manager - Feedbase
P: +61 (7) 3620 5249  
M: +61 439 847 575

MLA Livestock Updates event manager:

Leanne Sherriff
Livestock Advisor Updates – Coordinator
M: 0429 329 349

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