Charles Sturt University and Graham Centre students attended Red Meat 2018 in Canberra. Pictured are Harry Meek, Thomas Williams, Emma Fallon, Rebecca Owen, Emma Lynch, Cara Wilson, CSU Chancellor and MLA Chair Dr Michele Allan, Alex Shanley, and Dr Michael Campbell.
Dr Shawn McGrath, Professor Michael Friend and PhD student Lucinda Watt were among the 500 delegates attending the International Symposium on the Nutrition of Herbivores (INSH) in France in September.
Dr McGrath said, “The conference highlighted the different focus and funding environment in Europe compared to Australia. Greenhouse gas measurement and mitigation remains a large focus in Europe, but the projects in Australia are largely completed or are winding up.
“A visit to the experimental farm at Laqueuille, France, was a clear demonstration of this. Two experiments were presented; the first was attempting to measure CO2 levels in the field under different stocking rates.
“The other was a systems experiment with beef cattle to demonstrate the potential for finishing of weaners on farm. The approach rather than the experiment itself was of interest – firstly it was unreplicated, therefore what we would consider a ‘producer demonstration site’ rather than an experiment.
“Secondly, the product– finished weaners on farm – rather than vealers (smaller) or sending cattle to Italy for feedlot finishing (larger) – had no clear market in France, with the supply chain requiring smaller or larger animals.”
PhD student Sunita Pandey attended the Australian Entomological Society 49th annual general meeting and scientific conference in Alice Springs in September to present her work on the multiple ecosystem services for agriculture from native Australian plants.
Ms Pandey said, “The conference not only provided understanding of current entomological research especially in Australia but also provide insights in the cultural and medicinal use of insects.”
The conference was attended by 120 delegates from Australia and overseas and the theme was 'Insects as the centre of our world'.
A group of producers and agricultural engineers from Argentina spent the day with Graham Centre members in November, to find out more about our research and agriculture in the Riverina. The tour included a visit to the sale yards and to the Culcairn farm of Graham Centre Industry Advisory Panel member Murray Scholz.
The Graham Centre and Charles Sturt University hosted Mr Takanori Itsuka, Industry Advisor, Austrade Japan and Mr Wayne Murphy, Tradestart Adviser, NSW Trade and Investment, in November showcasing our research in beef agritech and production, data-mining and remote sensor technologies.