No bull at brainstorming workshop

posted 5 Oct 2011, 17:45 by Taiss Q   [ updated 6 Oct 2011, 21:57 ]
Close up photo of black angus bulls in a lucerne paddockBuying a bull is a significant investment in the future direction of a producer’s breeding herd.

Cattle producers looking for guidance on buying a sound bull should attend an upcoming bull selection workshop at Chatsworth.

The workshop, to be run by the Department of Primary Industries' (DPI) BetterBeef Network at Coolana Angus, will be held on Thursday, October 20 from 9am to 3.30pm.

DPI Productivity and Farm Planning Project Manager Maria Crawford said buying a bull was a significant investment in the future direction of a producer’s breeding herd.

"There are many factors to consider and evaluate when making this decision as the genetic make-up of the bull selected can have a lasting effect on the herd," Mrs Crawford said.

"Therefore, it’s important to use all the information available to make the best decision when buying a bull.

"The goals of a breeding program will also help decide what sort of bulls are to be selected."

Mrs Crawford said estimated breeding values (EBV), a topic to be discussed at the workshop, supported the genetic direction of the herd and were a critical tool which could be used in a breeding program.

"The structural soundness of a bull is also critical to ensure it can last the breeding season," she said.

The workshop includes practical demonstrations on bull structure and a mock bull auction will take place to show participants how to best use EBVs and select for structural soundness.

Beef cattle consultant Bob Dent, who has 40 years industry experience, and cattle researcher Katrina Copping from the Beef CRC’s Maternal Productivity program will speak at the event..

Topics to be discussed include the cost of a bull, structural soundness and fertility, using EBVs, managing new bulls and the latest research outcomes from the Beef CRC Maternal Productivity program.

This event is a collaborative partnership between the BetterBeef Network and Meat and Livestock Australia's More Beef from Pastures program.

When

Thursday 20th October 2011

Where

‘Coolana’ Angus,
1219 Woorndoo Chatsworth Road, Chatsworth

Time & Cost

9am Registration
Commence 9.30am to 3.30pm,
$10 per person, lunch included.

What

  • Assessing fertility & structural soundness.
  • Using EBV’s & bull management
  • What does a bull cost
  • Beef CRC Maternal Productivity Research Outcomes
  • Bob Dent, Katrina Copping & Maria Crawford

Contact
for RSVP or information

Maria Crawford at DPI Hamilton on 0428 554 244 or  
maria.crawford@dpi.vic.gov.au by Monday, October 17.


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