Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Livestock Forum

Friday 31 July 2020

image of a laptopWe're excited to announce that our 2020 Forum will be online and interactive allowing producers to tap into the latest research from Charles Sturt University and NSW Department of Primary Industries and industry experts.

The 2020 program includes plenary, panel and concurrent sessions with researchers, livestock producers and students.

There’s a mix of information that people can take home and apply immediately to their farm business, as well as a snapshot of new research, with techniques and results still being developed and tested.

The Forum will cost $10 per person.



8-9am Log on to the online platform and test your technology and network in the virtual waiting room.

9 am Welcome

9:05 -10:30 am Containment  and lot feeding: Containment feeding for maintenance and production.

Producers Glenn Curry and Matthew Martin will share their experiences, then you can put your questions to Glenn, Matthew and the other panel members Martin Preuss, Riverina Local Land Services, Wagga Wagga and Geoff Casburn, NSW Department of Primary Industries (NSW DPI), Wagga Wagga

10:30-11:00 am Morning tea and networking in the virtual meeting room

11:00am - 12:05 pm Concurrent sessions

Finishing lambs: optimising preparation and adaptation of lambs to increase feed intake and subsequently growth rate
(Thomas Keogh, PhD student, Charles Sturt University)
Extracting more value from cull cows
(Michael Campbell, Charles Sturt University)
Heat stress reduces sheep reproduction rate
(Gordon Refshauge, NSW DPI)
GPS collars, pasture biomass estimates and digital agriculture – an introduction to Charles Sturt precision livestock activities
(Shawn McGrath & Jon Medway, Charles Sturt University)
The importance of genetic benchmarking in the Australian merino industry
(Craig Wilson, Craig Wilson Livestock)
The Southern Multi-breed project- Delivering a resource population for multi-breed genomic evaluation in beef cattle
(Kath Donoghue, NSW DPI)
Research snapshot Research snapshot
Optimising ewe reproductive performance in containment areas
(Susan Robertson, Charles Sturt University)
Supply chains for  male dairy calves
(Veronica Vicic, PhD student, Charles Sturt University)
The Sheep Sustainability Framework – where it is up to and what it means for you
(Bruce Allworth, Charles Sturt University)
Verifying the production system of origin for grass and grain fed beef
(Bridgette Logan, PhD student, Charles Sturt University)
Livestock as key drivers of soil carbon sequestration in the rangelands
(Susan Orgill, NSW DPI)
Health and production effects of single vaccination against Mannheimia haemolytica in non-backgrounded feedlot cattle
(Liam Mowbray, Honours student, Charles Sturt University)
  Responses to varying inclusion levels of canola meal as a grassfed supplement for weaner calves (Emma Lynch, PhD student, Charles Sturt University)

12:05- 12:10 pm  Understanding the shared values between vegans and livestock producers in Australia (Erin Stanks, Honours student, Charles Sturt University)

12:10- 1:30 pm Dual purpose mixtures. The introduction of dual-purpose crops has transformed the annual feed
supply in the mixed farming zone but how do you make the most of it? Producer Brent Alexander will share his experiences. Then you can put your questions to Brent and the other panel members Colin McMaster, NSW DPI,
Cowra and Greg Condon, Grassroots Agronomy, Junee.

Our interactive platform means the audience will also have opportunities to network with industry experts and colleagues to further build and expand their knowledge base throughout the day- all from the comfort of home, without having to travel.


Toni Nugent, Partnerships and Engagement Manager Graham Centre

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Archive of Graham Centre beef and sheep forums

Download the proceedings of the 2019 Livestock Forum

Download the proceedings of the 2018 Livestock Forum held as part of the Australian Society of Animal Production Annual Conference.