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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

Carbon planning – an approach for now and the future – a producer perspective

Date: Wednesday, 6 July 2022

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenter: Jon Wright

Details: Join Jon Wright from Blue-E as he shares a producer perspective on positioning a farm business to reduce emissions and work towards carbon neutrality.  

Carbon accounting for Australian pasture systems

Date: Wednesday, 22 June 2022

Time:
8.00pm AEDT

Presenter:
Dr Stephen Wiedemann

Details: Join Dr Stephen Wiedemann from Integrity Ag & Environment as we explore carbon accounting principles for Australian pastoral systems.


Stephen will discuss:

  • Carbon accounting methodology and principles
  • Carbon farm audits - what information is required?
  • Actions that can be taken with carbon farm audits


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Key diseases to vaccinate against in cattle (market analysis back up)

Date: Wednesday, 8 June 2022

Time: 8.00pm AEST

Presenter
: Dr Paul Nilon

Details: 
Join Dr Paul Nilon, Nilon Farm Health as we explore key cattle diseases and vaccination considerations for southern beef producers. He will discuss:

  • Vaccination programs - what should southern producers be considering
  • Vaccination return-on-investment
  • Emerging threats and future disease considerations.

How can producers be carbon neutral?

Date: Wednesday, 25 May 2022

Time: 8.00pm AEST

Presenter: Richard Eckard

Details:

Join Professor Richard Eckard from the University of Melbourne. Richard will discuss:


  • Why should producers care?
  • What can producers do now? What's coming in the pipeline?
  • What are the traps to avoid?

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Resolving Conflict

Date: Wednesday, 11 May 2022

Time: 8.00pm AEST

Presenter: Neville Brady

Details: Conflict is a normal part of life. When managing a livestock operation this could relate to family, staff, customers or service providers. Join Neville Brady, ‘browsupconsulting’ to gain insights into effective conflict resolution, inclusive of:

 

  • Different types of conflict on and off-farm
  • Why resolution is important
  • Different situations and different strategies

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The importance of trace minerals for lamb growth

Date: Wednesday, 27 April 2022
Time: 8.00pm AEDT
Presenter: Dr Colin Trengrove
Details: As the sheep industry strives to optimise lamb growth rates, meeting trace minerals requirement remains a key production consideration. Join Dr Colin Trengrove from the University of Adelaide to discuss:

  • When and why do we see lamb mineral deficiencies?
  • How to recognise and identify trace mineral deficiencies?
  • What practices can be implemented to minimise or treat these deficiencies?

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Cattle market analysis - PTIC vs slaughter values

Date: Wednesday, 13 April 2022
Time: 8.00pm AEDT
Presenter: Matt Dalgleish
Details: There are currently significant premiums for PTIC cows compared to cull values.

Join Matt Dalgleish, Thomas Elders Markets, as we investigate current and historical PTIC values against different market indicators (EYCI, heavy steer & medium cow). This will include:


  • How to compare and value PTIC against empty heifer and cow values for your operation
  • Future forecasts and expectations for PTIC, breeders in context to the herd rebuild and processor margins

Effective communication on farm

Date: Wednesday March 30th 2022            

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Sally Murfet

Details: Join Sally Murfet from ‘Inspire Ag’ as we unpack a fundamental skill required to run and manage a successful livestock enterprise:


  • What is effective communication and why is it important on-farm?
  • Different communication styles
  • Maintaining important farm relationships through communication

The importance of trace minerals for ewes at lambing

Title: The importance of trace minerals for ewes at lambing

Date: Wednesday March 16th 2022          

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Colin Trengove

Details: Trace mineral deficiencies affecting sheep in Australia commonly occur in late winter to spring and in above average rainfall seasons these deficiencies can occur earlier.  Join Colin Trengove from the University of Adelaide to discuss:

  • What influences trace mineral deficiencies?
  • How do they impact ewes at lambing?
  • What practices can be implemented to minimise or treat these deficiencies?  

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Acidosis in beef cattle on pasture

Title: Acidosis in beef cattle on pasture

Date: Wednesday 30 June 2021   

Time: 8.00pm AEST

Presenters: Owen Rees, Total Result Ag Consulting

Details: Cattle are at greatest risk for acidosis when consuming feed that is high in fermentable carbohydrates such as grain (i.e. grain overload), however acidosis can also affect cattle grazing high quality pasture.

Owen Rees from Total Result Ag Consulting will take the audience through:

  • The types of acidosis and the symptoms to look out for
  • What causes acidosis in cattle on pasture
  • How to prevent acidosis to minimise production losses.

Livestock staggers on Phalaris and Ryegrass based pastures

Title: Livestock staggers on Phalaris and Ryegrass based pastures

Date: Wednesday 2 March 2022         

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: John Webb Ware

Details: The risk of staggers to ruminants is generally greatest in the autumn months following rapid growth in select pasture species.

Join John Webb Ware of the Mckinnon Project to learn:

  • What is staggers and how does it vary depending on the ingested pasture species?
  • What is the treatment for staggers?
  • How can you best manage high risk situations?

The nutritive value of modern crop stubbles

Title: The nutritive value of modern crop stubbles

Date: Wednesday February 16th 2022

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Dean Thomas

Details: New crop cultivars, alternate crop species, modern harvesters and a reduction in the density of volunteer pasture plants have affected the nutritional value of modern crop stubbles that are grazed by sheep. A recent scoping study found that modern crop stubbles are notoriously variable in quality. This webinar will provide producers with up-to-date information on the feeding value of modern stubbles.

Additional resources: Grazing modern stubbles booklet

Beef and Prime Lamb 2021 Benchmarking Review

Title: Beef and Prime Lamb 2021 Benchmarking Review

Date: Wednesday February 2nd 2022          

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Sandy McEachern and Peter Havrlant

Details: Join us as we kick off the new year reflecting on the production and financial outcomes of beef and lamb producers in 2021. Sandy McEachern and Peter Havrlant will present data on the 2021 Aggregate Consulting benchmarking dataset and provide key metrics for you to consider in your livestock businesses in 2022.

Additional resources – Aggregate Consulting benchmarking methodology & DSE ratings

Livestock assessment and selection - genetic and visual

Date: Wednesday December 1st 2021         

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Peta Bradley and Angus Burnett-Smith

Details: This webinar panel consisting of genetic and visual animal selection experts will provide an overview as to what to look for when purchasing breeding stock. Peta Bradley of MLA will delve into genetic evaluation of stock whilst Angus Burnett-Smith will touch on the visual aspect of selection.

The following information and associated links will be available on the MLA website with the webinar recording.

Stock containment part 3: Nutrition, management and risks in stock containment

Date: Wednesday November 17 2021

Time:
8.00pm AEDT

Presenters:
Technical Panel

Details: Stock Containment areas are commonly used for summer containment feeding. But their use for strategic management such as autumn saving or emergency preparedness is becoming more widespread. These additional uses require different management considerations; this panel session will cover:

  • Managing livestock in the stock containment areas
  • Tactical SCA use for farm management
  • Nutritional requirements of different classes of stock
  • Common animal health risks and mitigations

Stock containment part 2: Stock containment area designs

Date: Wednesday November 10th 2021       

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Clem Sturmfels, Agriculture Victoria

Details: The success of your Stock Containment Area will depend on planning, ensuring that it is fit for purpose, compliant and user friendly. This panel session will cover:

 

 

  • Design
  • Water and feed systems, including the welfare requirements for stock density and water quality
  • Design considerations for year-round usage

Stock containment part 1: Where does a stock containment area fit in a farming system

Date: Wednesday November 3rd 2021         

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

Presenters: Chris Blore, Agriculture Victoria

Details: Stock Containment areas are a versatile management tool for Australian sheep producers; this webinar will cover some key reasons you should invest in a stock containment area. The session will discuss the following topics:

 

  • Considerations for site selection
  • How does a SCA fit into your farming system
  • Using stock containment areas during emergencies
  • How they can play a part in a changing climate

The following information and associated links will be available on the MLA website with the webinar recording.

Carbon Neutral 2030 Program

Date: Wednesday October 20, 2021 

Time: 8.00pm AEDT

The Australian red meat and livestock industry has set the ambitious target to be Carbon Neutral by 2030. This target means that by 2030, Australian beef, lamb and goat production, including lot feeding and meat processing, will make no net release of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions into the atmosphere. MLA's Margaret Jewell will take the audience through:

  • What are the benefits to beef producers
  • What is being done to achieve this target
  • What has been achieved by the industry to date

Resources:

Investigating flock rebuild strategies

This recent MLA project focused on investigation flock rebuild strategies that enable producers to assess the most viable and economic flock recovery plan based on business goals, risk appetite and current flock base. Forbes Brian from The University of Adelaide will take the audience through the outcomes from the project, including:

- The economics of different flock rebuild strategies
- What the results mean in a regional context
- What barriers were identified to the red meat industry

Next steps and relevant resources:

Meat Standards Australia Update

Meat Standards Australia (MSA) was developed by the Australian red meat industry to improve the eating quality consistency of beef and sheepmeat. Laura Garland from MLA provides an update on the MSA program, how it continues to create opportunities for producers and how to make the most of your carcase data. Key points will include:
• Changes we've made to vendor declarations and how to access these.
• Updates to the MSA model.
• Using myMSA and it's reporting and benchmarking features to monitor carcase performance.

Mixed farming

Phosphorus application in mixed farming

In this webinar, David Crowley from Delta Agribusiness talks through phosphorus management in mixed farming operations - when to add P into the rotation to maximise pasture growth:

  • P removal relative to stocking rate
  • Soil testing and targeting Colwell P levels of >30
  • Length of pasture/crop rotation and variation between best practice relative to rainfall environment
  • How pH influences pasture performance and ability to utilise applied P

Cattle webinars

 

Improving success rates in synchronised AI programs

Improving success rates in synchronised AI programs

There are many factors that affect the success rate of an AI program.

In this webinar Shane Thompson from Holbrook Vet Clinic will take the audience through:

  • An introduction in fixed time AI programs and why they are beneficial
  • What causes variation
  • Take home recommendations on optimising outcomes
 
Replacement heifer management

Having a heifer management plan in place from pre-joining to calving is essential to improve the overall reproductive performance of breeding herds. In this jam-packed webinar Wayne Pitchford from the university of Adelaide will take the audience through:

  • Selecting heifers to remain in the breeding herd
  • Tips to improve heifer conceptions rates
  • Tips heifer calving performance
Targeting greater than 1kg/head/day over winter in weaner cattle – can it be done?

The experiences and method of achieving weight gain targets of >1kg/hd/day in weaner cattle discussed in this webinar may not be the only means of achieving this performance target. Experience of producers and advisors may differ and the most economically sound approach will be dependent on the specific circumstances and market conditions at the time.

Presenters: Tom Thorn, Total Result Ag Consulting

Details: Tom Thorn from Total Result Ag Consulting will take the audience through how to target 1kg/hd/day over winter in weaner cattle. Tom will address pasture and supplement feed quality and quantity as well as animal health considerations.

Pinkeye in weaner cattle: Prevention and treatment options

In this webinar, Lexie Leonard from Livestock Logic will talk the audience through pink eye management in weaner cattle and discuss what prevention and treatment options are available. Lexie will delve into:

  • The contributing factors that lead to pinkeye outbreaks
  • Prevention strategies and the role of vaccine and why the commercial vaccine has become less effective on some properties
  • When treatment is worthwhile and what is recommended treatment

Under live webinar conditions, incorrect information was provided in this webinar about specific drench products and their impact on dung beetles. Cydectin, the product in question, has an on label registration that outlines the following with regard to dung beetle impacts:
When applied as directed, the levels of [Cydectin cattle products] in the faeces of treated cattle are not likely to have any significant adverse effects on the following dung beetles: Onthophagus gazella, O.taurus, Euoniticellus intermedius and E.fulvus. Effects on other dung beetle species have not been fully evaluated.

For information specific to Cydectin’s impact on dung beetles, please refer to the Virbac Website or research referenced on their website to support the information provided. For independent information regarding the effects of various animal health products on dung beetle populations, please refer to WormBoss. For additional independent information about dung beetles generally, various resources are available on the MLA Website.

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 alf 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

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

 

Weaner sheep management

Weaner sheep management

Sue Hatcher from Makin Outcomes will assist webinar participants in:

  • understanding the key issues affecting weaner survival and performance and
  • guide them through developing targets for growth for this key cohort of sheep.

This webinar will discuss factors that contribute to weaner mortality and ill thrift, and provides practical pathways for improving performance.

Foot issues in sheep

Foot issues in sheep

As a wet winter approaches producers will be monitoring for signs of lameness in their flock. Professor Bruce Allworth will be taking the audience through what the different types of foot issues are and how to prevent and treat them to minimise production losses.

Lifting Lamb Survival

Lifting Lamb Survival

Australian sheep producers have lifted lamb survival rates significantly over the past decade, however there is always room for further improvement. Nathan Scott will provide an overview of the key factors affecting lamb survival and give practical tips on how to improve lamb survival in your own flock. Nathan will delve into :

  • Strategies to improve lamb survival and reduce ewe wastage
  • Best practice management for lambing
  • Prepare ewes and their lambing paddocks to enable better lambing
Best Practice Lambing

Breeding ewes are an important asset for sheep enterprises, with late pregnancy and lambing the highest risk period for mortalities.

  • Mary McQuillan will share the findings from recent Australian studies uncovering the major causes of ewe mortality in the lead up to and at the time of lambing.
  • Our expert panel will then discuss the ‘big hitters’ affecting ewes in different production systems, and
  • delve into the tools available for sheep enterprises to manage risk and optimise survival of ewes and their lambs.
Dealing with Dystocia

Caroline Jacobson of Murdoch University shares new research on the hidden costs associated with difficult birth (dystocia) for Australian sheep enterprises.

  • How to improve lamb and ewe survival rates
  • How you can assess the impacts of dystocia for your own enterprise, and
  • Measures with the most potential to improve farm profit and animal welfare.
An update on the 2019/20 Aggregate Consulting prime lamb benchmarks

Aggregate Consulting advisor Hilary Beech updates the industry on key benchmarks of prime lamb enterprises from 2019/20.

  • How did prime lamb enterprise financial performance fair in the 2019/20 drought
  • What were the key profit drivers for prime lamb enterprises for 2019/20
  • What are the take-home messages from 2019/20 benchmark data
Ovine brucellosis – effects, treatment and prevention

Bruce discusses the nature of ovine brucellosis, it’s effects on the reproductive performance of sheep flocks. Bruce covers:

  • How B.Ovis works
  • How it costs you money 
  • How to test for it 
  • What to do if you have B.ovis
  • What to do if you don’t have it and want to prevent it 
Maximising lamb growth – pre and post weaning

Tom Keogh summarises current trial work on feeding regimes targeting pre and post weaning growth rates in lambs, this webinar covers:

  • What drives growth rates in lambs both pre and post weaning
  • The effectiveness of creep feeding
  • Preparation and adaptation of lambs to high concentrate diets.
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

Dr John Webb Ware discusses 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

Pasture Dieback

Pasture dieback is a condition which causes the death of sown and native pastures by affecting plant health and function, reducing the productivity of affected properties. It has been observed in a range of soil types and plant species across Queensland and northern NSW. In this webinar, Caroline will deliver:

  • Current and ongoing research results
  • The experience in northern NSW
  • Where producers can find info or be involved in a program

Oestrogenic clovers – identification and remediation

Recent surveys conducted in the medium to high rainfall zones of southern Australia have found that old cultivars of subterranean clover remain common in many pastures. Some of these cultivars contain high levels of oestrogenic compounds which can negatively impact sheep health. Kevin Foster, from the University of Western Australia, will take the audience through:

  • How does grazing highly oestrogenic sub clovers affect livestock?
  • Which cultivars are high in oestrogens?
  • How do you manage a paddock if you suspect a problem?

Preferential clovers to sow in southern pastures

In this webinar, Tim Prance from T Prance Rural Consulting updates southern Australian producers on preferential clovers to sow in pastures. Tim delves into:

  • How to select cultivars and species to suit soils
  • Sowing time and practices
  • How to establish and get the most out of the pasture
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

 

Red Meat Market Update

As we jump into the new financial year Stuart Bull from MLA will give the audience an update on the Australian red meat market. Stuart will address:

  • The state of red meat supply in Australia
  • Key export markets and how they are tracking
  • Outlooks for the Australian red meat industry

An update on the 2019/20 Aggregate Consulting beef benchmarks

An update on the 2019/20 Aggregate Consulting beef benchmarks

In this webinar, Aggregate Consulting Director Sandy McEachern updates the beef industry on key benchmarks of beef enterprises from the 2019/20 benchmark year. Sandy will delve into Aggregates benchmark data which consists of 200 businesses from south-eastern Australia and will decipher how the top beef producers managed their enterprises during the drought.

  • How did beef enterprise financial performance fair in the 2019/20 drought
  • What were the key profit drivers for beef enterprises for 2019/20
  • What are the take-home messages from the 2019/20 benchmark data.
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.