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BeefUp Forums to drive profitability and productivity on-farm

24 March 2021

Northern beef producers can stay up to date with the latest on-farm research and technology outcomes from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and hear from others across the red meat industry with local BeefUp Forums kicking off this month.

BeefUp Forums will be held throughout Queensland, NT and WA and present outcomes of MLA research and development projects and discuss next steps to help drive profitability and productivity on-farm.

The programs for upcoming BeefUp Forums in 2021 have been finalised, including forums at:

  • Roma on 26 March 2021; and
  • Esk on 30 March 2021

MLA Group Manager, Adoption and Commercialisation, Sarah Strachan, said the program for each BeefUp Forum had been set in consultation with the Regional Beef Research committees by to ensure topics, content and presenters are regionally relevant.

“BeefUp Forums are designed to provide regionally relevant and practical information and tools that producers can take home and put into practice on-farm,” Ms Strachan said.

“Northern beef producers will also have the opportunity to hear about other MLA activities and research projects relevant to their region and discuss how they might like to be involved.”

Registrations are now open for the first BeefUp Forums at Roma and Esk.

Highlights of the Roma program include:

  • An update on MLA’s program of work
  • Producer perspectives on creating improved production and profitability for your beef business
  • Market outlook and opportunities
  • Technology and productivity – connectivity options, walk over weighing, capturing and using data, managing grazing lands.
  • Animal production – productive legume-based pastures, Pimelea management update, local animal health alerts and vaccinations.

Highlights of the Esk program include:

  • An update on MLA activities, including the progress of the CN30 initiative
  • Insights into sustainable beef production, including updates on the industry’s Australian Beef Sustainability Framework and consumer expectations around sustainability
  • A focus on genomic R&D
  • Leucaena and Desmanthus
  • Pasture dieback research progress
  • Update on the Northern Breeding Business program (NB2)    

BeefUp Forums are free for red meat levy payers and $50 (excluding GST) for non-red meat levy payers and include a BBQ dinner at the end of the forum. Registration is essential for catering purposes. To register and for more information, click here.