Charles Sturt University
Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation

Driving the conference agenda

Sharing our research with stakeholders in the grain and red meat industries is a key priority for the Centre, highlighted by our involvement in three recent conferences.

Graham Centre Livestock Forum

photo of speakers at the Livestock ForumResearch to improve productivity, profitability and animal welfare was presented to more than 180 producers and advisors at our annual Livestock Forum on Friday 26 July.

The Forum included market updates, research to better manage fodder and pastures, information about breeding and genetics, and presentations about biosecurity and animal health. The presentations are available to download on our website.

Graham Centre Acting Director Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover said the Forum presented information that producers could apply directly on farm.

Honours student Sabrina Meurs“Livestock producers have been facing some tough seasonal conditions and it was wonderful to see so many people at the Forum, networking with each other and tapping into the expertise of some leading livestock researchers,” said Professor Hernandez-Jover.

The Forum also saw the launch of a new short film series on YouTube, ‘Crops, Rumps and Woolly Jumpers’.

This project is an initiative of Sheep Connect NSW, with support from the Graham Centre and NSW Department of Primary Industries. It documents the experiences of five farmers in 2012 and then again in 2016. Watch the videos on YouTube.

Bruce Allworth, Cara Wilson and Christian DuffThe Forum was supported by Meat & Livestock Australia, Riverina Local Land Services, ProWay, Animal Health Australia, Teys Australia, Advanced Animal Nutrition and CadMac.

Agribusiness Today Forum

The Graham Centre was a partner in the Agribusiness Today Forum held in Cowra on Thursday 8 and Friday 9 August.

Under the theme of ‘Maximising Red Meat Yields and Business Opportunities’ the  Forum brought together more than 100 industry experts and producers to discuss market and business opportunities, innovation and technology, and how farmers can push the limits of red meat yields.

Acting Graham Centre Director Associate Professor Marta Hernandez-Jover presented her research on disease preparedness and biosecurity in livestock industries at the conference.

The event was organised by Local Land Services Central West, the Graham Centre, Charles Sturt, Central West Farming Systems and 'Regional Development Australia Central West (RDA CW).

19th Australian Agronomy Conference

Dr Jeff McCormickGraham Centre researchers from Charles Sturt University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries presented their research to more than 300 delegates at the Australian Agronomy Conference in Wagga Wagga from Sunday 25 to Thursday 29 August.

The conference theme ‘Cells to satellites’ highlighted that agronomy takes in broad range of disciplines to optimise crop or pasture production for productivity and profitability. From the cellular level where DNA is mapped and biochemistry is unraveled through to the use of satellites for remote sensing or guidance.

Jim Pratley and John Kirkegaard launch the bookA new book exploring the evolution of Australian farming systems over the past 30 years was launched at the Conference.

The e-book, Australian Agriculture in 2020: From Conservation to Automation, has been edited by Charles Sturt University  Emeritus Professor Jim Pratley and CSIRO Chief Research Scientist and Charles Sturt Adjunct Professor Dr John Kirkegaard.

The book has been produced for Agronomy Australia and is free to download on our website.

Graham Centre members Jeff McCormick, Toni Nugent, Aaron Preston were also part of the organising committee for the Conference.

 

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