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Productivity and Profitability webinars

This series of webinars are designed to assist Sheep, Cattle and Goat producers to increase the productivity and profitability of their businesses.

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Webinar topics

Cattle webinars

 

Managing calf scours this breeding season

Managing calf scours this breeding season

Dr Alison Gunn of Herd Solutions discusses the management options for calf scours this breeding season, including:

  • When are calf scours likely to occur and what are the impacts?
  • How to identify and diagnose calf scours?
  • What are the recommended prevention strategies?

Managing grass tetany in cattle

Managing grass tetany in cattle

Dr Paul Nilon of Nilon Farm Health discusses the management options for grass tetany in cattle. Paul answers the questions:

  • What is grass tetany and when does it occur?
  • How do I manage grass tetany in my herd?
Managing bloat in cattle

 

Dr Bruce Allworth of Charles Sturt University discusses the management options for bloat in cattle, including:

  • What is bloat and why does it occur?
  • What are the most cost effective management options?
Reproductive diseases in cattle – causes impacts and management

Dr Michael McGowan of the University of Queensland discusses the common reproductive diseases in cattle and answers the following questions:

  • What is the normal rate of loss between pregnancy testing through calf marking?
  • If you are outside these rates what are the most prevalent disease related causes and how do you ensure a program to minimise their impact?
  • What are some of the less common issues, and what to do about it.
Drench resistance in cattle

In this webinar, John Webb-Ware of the McKinnon Project reports on the drench resistance situation as it is currently known and gives recommendations for managing the development of drench resistance on beef farms.

Feeding weaner cattle: production or maintenance?

In this webinar, Ben Linn from the McKinnon Project discusses the dilemma of feeding weaner cattle. Ben delves into:

  • Should weaner cattle be production fed or maintenance fed?
  • What is the most cost-effective production ration?
  • What is the most cost-effective maintenance ration?
Checking your cows are at optimum condition score this winter

Dr Paul Nilon of Nilon Farm Health discusses the importance of condition scoring cattle and setting condition score targets throughout winter. Other key points include:

  • What is conditioning scoring
  • How to condition score
  • The uses of condition scoring
  • Setting condition score targets for reproduction stages
  • Nutritional planning
  • Meeting minimal animal welfare standards.

Sheep webinars

 

Adjusting the percentage of merino ewes mated to terminals

Adjusting the percentage of merino ewes mated to terminals

In this webinar Jess Richards demonstrates how to adjust the percentage of merino ewes mated to terminals whilst maintaining a productive flock structure. Jess will also:

  • Demonstrate the number of merino ewes that can be mated to terminals whilst maintaining a self-replacing merino flock.
  • Look at opportunities for selections of ewes to join to terminals
  • Discuss the impact of additional traits on a dual selection strategy
  • Highlight the importance of ram selection.

What you need to know when retaining older aged breeding ewes

What you need to know when retaining older aged breeding ewes

Dr John Webb Ware will be taking us through the impacts on retaining older aged ewes to build flock numbers, including:

  • How do breed types differ in response to management in older age groups, ie. merino ewes vs crossbred ewes?
  • What are the impacts of the change in flock structure on the production system?
  • What are the key considerations in managing the health of older ewes?
The best age to wean prime lambs

Dr Bruce Allworth of Charles Sturt University discusses when is the best time to wean crossbred lambs off crossbred ewes. Bruce also covers:

  • When do ewes cease lactation?
  • Is 14 weeks still the best option for weaning if you lamb in July?
  • What are the factors to consider when determining your weaning date?
The current status of drench resistance in worms – an update for sheep producers

Dr Matt Playford of Dawbuts Animal Health updates southern sheep producers on the current status of drench resistance in worms, including:

  • Update producers on effective drench combinations
  • Discuss best practice to delay the onset of drench resistance
  • Cover how to protect your property from a biosecurity point of view.
Infectious Causes of Abortion in Sheep

Paul Nilon from Nilon Farm Health discusses the different causes, impacts and treatments of infections causing abortions in sheep. Including;

  • Identifying there is a problem - how do we know?
  • Campylobacter, Toxoplasmosis and Listeriosis - what is expected and what can we do about them?
  • Other causes of abortions.
Heterosis in Lamb Enterprises

Neal Fogarty from Neal Fogarty Consulting discusses the effects of heterosis in prime lamb flocks. Neal delves into: 

  • Where hybrid vigour expresses itself in sheep and how much productivity is gained in these areas
  • How much hybrid vigour is gained from a simple crossbred system?
  • How to integrate selection and heterosis to maximise performance?
Selecting a Prime Lamb Lambing Date

Time of lambing is a balance between a number of production and market factors which need to be weighed up to maximise profit in a lamb enterprise. John Webb-Ware from the University of Melbourne takes us through a range of scenarios to determine the optimal lambing time for your lamb business. This webinar outlines: 

  • Why the time of lambing is important for a prime lamb enterprise
  • How to maximise value and quantity of lamb produced
  • How to determine the most profitable system with the lowest risk for your region.

Goat webinars

 

Reducing Kid Loss in Meat Goats

Reducing Kid Loss in Meat Goats

Gordon Refshauge from the NSW DPI delivers key information and research on kid mortality in the goat industry. Gordon addresses:

  • Reproductive wasteage - summary of the literature 
  • The cost of kid loss to the industry 
  • Prevalence and causes of mortality 
  • Industry data - on-farm losses from pregnancy scanning to marking 
  • Producer surveys - pertitent take-home messages. 
Performance in Rangeland Goat Herds

John Francis of Holmes Sackett discusses the early stage findings from the MLA goat benchmarking project for Rangeland goat meat producers.

The Quest for a More Productive Meat Goat

Colin Ramsay gives a progress report on numerous MLA supported projects, looking into developing an Australian-adapted meat goat that will improve productivity and profitability in commercial production herds.

The work on kid survival, carcass merits, fertility, worm resistance and other production traits is showing that significant improvement in the performance in Rangeland Goat Herds can be achieved. This progress report identifies and highlights simple measures that can be used by meat producers and seed-stock breeders to raise their productivity and profitability.

The Booming Goat Industry – An Introductory Overview

Trudy Atkinson of NSW DPI provided an introductory overview of the Australian goat meat industry. In 2018, Australia processed 1.7 million goats. The industry sold 21,000 tonnes of goat meat and 21,000 live goats to international markets. The total export value was $190 million. Producers are currently receiving 938 c/kg cwt for their product.

View this webinar for important information about:

  • The production systems and supply chains that deliver goat meat to domestic and international markets
  • Supply, price and population trends
  • Major markets and global demand for goat meat
  • R&D projects, which are supporting industry development.

Pasture webinars

 

Fodder Conservation in Late Spring

Fodder Conservation in Late Spring

Michele Jolliffe of Agriculture Victoria discusses the issue of how to best handle huge surpluses of fodder in the 2020 spring, incuding:

  • Hints and tips for making quality hay and silage
  • Hay or silage? Which option might suit my business
  • Quality or quantity? Which should I aim for?
  • Long term storage options for hay and silage. 
Your one-stop winter cleaning agronomy panel

Are you needing to clean out those pesky annuals from your perennial grass pastures? Do you have some agronomy questions you need answered before you get the spray gear out?

Jim Virgona of Graminus Consulting and Tim Prance of T. Prance Rural Consulting answer those burning agronomy questions and provide their own experience.

Brr its cold in here, The effects of temperature on pasture production

Dr Jim Virgona of Graminus Consulting discusses the effects of cold temperatures on pasture production. Jim delves into:

  • When is cold temperature the limiting factor?
  • How does temperature impact nitrogen response?
  • How does temperature impact plant production in different perennial species?
A review of chemical manipulation in pastures: where are the costs and benefits?

In this webinar, Sandy McEachern of Holmes Sackett reviews the research outcomes from techniques for the chemical manipulation of perennial grass pastures namely spray grazing, spray topping and winter clearing. Sandy discusses:

  • The costs of each of the techniques 
  • The expected production and financial benefits.
What, Where And When? The Use Of Nitrogen In Pastures (Part 1 of 2)

Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne discusses all things nitrogen. Part one of Richard's two-part webinar talk will delve into the questions:

  • What is nitrogen and why is it important in grazing systems?
  • Where does nitrogen come from and where does it go?
  • When should you be applying nitrogen to maximise efficiency?
How? The Use Of Nitrogen In Pastures (Part 2 of 2)

Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne discusses all things nitrogen. Part two of Richard's two-part webinar talk will delve into the questions:

  • How should nitrogen be applied to maximise efficiency?
  • What are some rules of thumb to work towards when applying nitrogen?

Red meat market webinars

 

An update on the Australian cattle market

An update on the Australian cattle market

As lead analyst of the October 2020 MLA cattle projections update Stuart Bull talks us through:

  • If the herd has entered the rebuild phase
  • What factors are supporting the current market and will they remain
  • What are the impacts of COVID-19
COVID-19 Impacts on the Australian Lamb Market - an Update (Oct, 2020)

Matthew Dalgleish of Thomas Elder Markets provides an update on the impacts of COVID-19 on the Australian lamb market, including:

  • What is the situation with the current export market?
  • How is domestic supply shaping up as we wade through this season?
  • What are the forecasts for the Australian lamb market?
The impact of COVID-19 on the Australian red meat market (April, 2020)

Matt Dalglish from Mecardo gives an insight into the potential impact of COVID-19 on the Australian red meat market. Focussing on beef and sheep markets Matt looks into possible scenarios resulting from the global pandemic and what it means for producers.

Reading the restocker market

Matt Dalglish from Mecardo gives an insight into the cattle restocker market, with particular focus on:

  • How much is too much to pay?
  • What is sustainable?
  • Will the market be here to stay?
African Swine Fever: Impacts on the Australian red meat market

In this webinar, Andrew Whitelaw from Mecardo shines the spotlight on African Swine Fever, delving into: 

  • The impact of African Swine Fever on protein markets 
  • The potential biosecurity risk posed to Australia 
  • The impact of the Fever on other commodities such as grain 
  • The short and long term benefits for Australian producers. 
Forecasting: The Australian Beef Market (Nov, 2019)

Matt Dalgleish from Mecardo discusses all things cattle markets in this MLA productivity and profitability webinar. Matt delves into:

  • The cattle slaughter and herd estimates into 2020, including a focus on female slaughter levels
  • Beef processor margins and the impact of tighter supply
  • EYCI forecast model and the impact of a wetter outlook in 2020
  • National Heavy Steer forecast model and the impact of tight finished cattle supply.
Update on Beef and Lamb Benchmarks (June, 2019)

In this webinar, Holmes Sacketts Director Sandy McEachern updates the beef and lamb industry on key benchmarks of beef and lamb enterprises coming from the 2017/18 benchmark year.

The 2017/18 benchmark year saw the top 20% get the balance right between income, costs and production. A balance which is important to take advantage of the below-average season but forgiving market prices. Sandy delves into the Holmes Sackett benchmark data which consists of over 180 businesses from south-eastern Australia and delivers how beef and lamb stack up relative to each other and also how the top producers from each enterprise are achieving their results. Watch this webinar to learn about:

  • What were the key profit drivers for beef enterprises for 2017/18
  • What were the key profit drivers for lamb enterprises for 2017/18
  • What are the take-home messages from the 2017/18 benchmark data.