Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Beef research under the microscope

22 August 2016

Strong beef prices, continued demand and an excellent start to the season have resulted in widespread optimism across the beef industry. However, it is important the industry remains innovative to ensure it continues to thrive and remain competitive in global markets.

This year's Graham Centre Beef Forum held on Friday 5 August saw 100 producers and industry representatives come to listen to industry experts discussing their latest research findings around issues of key relevance to producers and the Australian beef industry. Nick Sangster, Meat and Livestock Australia set the scene discussing current and planned beef research, development and adoption priorities. Alistair Smith, CSU, looked at the implications from recent research in southern NSW on Pestivirus, a disease that is estimated to cost the Australian beef industry $114.4 million annually. Crookwell beef producer Andrew Nixon discussed his beef business, while Shawn McGrath and Scott Norman, CSU, and John Wilkins, NSW DPI, discussed emerging technologies that may revolutionise the way we manage cattle into the future. With the current high cattle prices, the topic of trading cattle is hot for many producers. John Francis, Holmes Sackett drilled down into the principles, and Molong beef cattle producer James Morse discussed his experiences with trading cattle in his business. Grassfed beef is in high demand, and producers need to show evidence of best management practices along the supply chain. The Cattle Council of Australia's CEO Jed Matz, spoke about the importance of integrity in quality assurance programs such as the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System (PACS).