This year the Narrabri RSL Club will be the host for the inaugural North West Beef Cattle Producers Forum on Thursday, March 30. The Courier has published this dedicated feature to shine a light on the Forum.


Narrabri venue for beef cattle forum

Narrabri RSL Club will be the venue for the inaugural North West Beef Cattle Producers Forum on Thursday, March 30.

The forum, hosted jointly by North West Local land Services and Meat and Livestock Australia, will provide up to date information important to producers at all levels, said senior land services officer, livestock, Naomi Hobson.

“The forum will include presentations from leading industry representatives across the beef supply chain including market, processing and feedlot updates and regionally specific technical updates relating to grazing and herd management,” she said.

An industry trade fair will also run throughout the day. This North West Beef Producers Forum is a first for Narrabri.

“We have aimed to put together a comprehensive program to cover everything that needs to be covered but also in a very practical and ‘now’ sense,” said Ms Hobson.

“We want to present information for producers to help them now.

“The program is designed with the producer in mind.”

The audience will be drawn from across the industry at all levels and the speakers come from across the spectrum of the industry from promotion to production.

Greg Peterson from Peterson Farm Bros will be seen live from the US.

“Petersons advocate for agriculture with a very positive message,” said Ms Hobson.

“They have built a very good platform to promote agriculture to people involved in agriculture or not involved.

“Sascha Estens, Moree, will be involved in a live chat session after the Greg Peterson presentation.

“A live cattle update will be presented by Bernard Munro, Rabobank, covering prices and projections in the context of how the season is panning out.”

In the updates, Jeremy Cummins from Teys Australia, Tamworth, will speak.

Meat Standards Australia’s Jessira Perovic will be talking about objective carcase measurement.

Practical Systems chief executive Mark Morton will present on ‘Getting the most from individual animal ID and herd recording.’

Geoff House from the Australian Lot Feeding Association will speak on feedlotting.

“Catriona Millen’s presentation will cover ‘utilising EBVs (estimated breeding value) to achieve commercial breeding objectives’,” Ms Hobson said.

Technical specialist beef breeding and genetics Matias Suarez’s topic will be ‘DeSire Bull, bull selection support tool’ a software package developed by DPI and the Armidale UNE-based animal genetics breeding unit to aid producers in the most suitable bull selection for them.

NWLLS livestock officers Naomi Hobson and Sally Balmain will address the forum on paddock assisted feeding.

Soil improvement from tropical pastures will be the subject of Robert Banks from Think Soils, followed by Lester McCormick on productivity on tropical pastures.

Two ‘silver’ lucernes shine in their field

Upper Murray Seeds at the Beef Producers Forum

Silverado and Silverosa GT lucernes continue to build their reputations and are shining examples of premium lucernes for both irrigated and dryland use in all Australian lucerne growing areas.

The breeder of Silverado, Ian Kaehne, who formerly bred Sceptre, Eureka and Hunterfield lucernes, said: “The aim in breeding Silverado was to add persistence, high forage quality, maintenance of high yield and tolerance to prolonged periods of set stocking to the very winter-active type of lucerne, or in other words, breed the type of winter-active lucerne Australian farmers want.

“This objective has been well and truly achieved.

Ian Kaehne, Australia’s ‘Mr Lucerne’ who bred Silverosa GT and Silverado, checking seed production blocks at Keith in South Australia where everything is on track for above average seed yields this year.

“There are now many persistent dryland stands, some up to seven years old, which have maintained high production, even when under a prolonged set stocking and hay cutting regime.“

Under irrigation, Silverado is maintaining high levels of forage yield after five years.

“Some seed production stands, which combine irrigated seed and hay production with dryland prolonged set stocking, are up to eleven years old.

“The new benchmark in very

winter-active lucerne performance has been set by Silverado.

Tony Christian, agronomist and northern NSW manager for Upper Murray Seeds, who has had many years of experience in pasture production said: “Silverado is the best highly winter-active lucerne I have ever seen.”

Silverosa GT, also bred by Dr Kaehne, was bred by crossing patented salt tolerant lucerne (which is also extremely tolerant to continuous grazing) with Silverado.

Tony Christian, Northern NSW area manager for Upper Murray Seeds Pty Ltd, based in Tamworth will be at the Forum.

“The aim in breeding Silverosa GT was to combine salt tolerance and additional grazing tolerance with the well established performance of Silverado.

“After only four years on farm Silverosa GT has learnt a reputation for high performance.

“It has excellent seedling growth leading quickly to high yield, high forage quality and suitability to prolonged intensive grazing. Its salt tolerance permits the extension of lucerne growing from sites equivalent to 5,000ppm to near 10,000 ppm.”

Silverado and Silverosa GT lucernes are marketed nationally by Upper Murray Seeds, a privately-owned and vertically-integrated seed wholesaler, represented in northern NSW by Tony Christian and in southern Queensland by Rod Linke.