The Dung Beetle Ecosystems Engineers (DBEE) project continues to establish research sites to help quantify some of the ecosystem services that dung beetles provide, for example the impact the burial of dung has on soil chemistry and pasture growth. Pictured is Graeme Heath from the DBBE with Southern Farming Systems (SFS) staff Grace Evans and Ronald Buitendijk establishing a site at Inverleigh in southern Victoria. Dr Russ Barrow also presented at a workshop for the South West Prime Lamb Group and is pictured checking out the activity of Onthophagus taurus and Euoniticellus fulvus in the sheep dung.
The Australian Association of Animal Sciences held its conference online in February with a ‘hub’ at the Charles Sturt University in Wagga Wagga. There was plenty of great Graham Centre research on the program and wonderful to see our animal science researchers in town for the event. Pictured Dr Shawn McGrath, Amy Bates, Veronika Vicic, Dr Ben Holman, Emma Lynch, Bridgetter Logan and Dr Michael Campbell.
Graham Centre researchers, Dr Benjamin Holman (pictured) from the NSW Department of Primary Industries and Dr Shawn McGrath from Charles Sturt University have been carrying out consumer sensory evaluation of lamb meat. It's part of research looking at production system impacts and aims to improve the quality of Australian meat.
Dr John Broster, Dr Belinda Hackney, Dr Ehsan Tavakkoli and Dr Jeff McCormick presented research at the Grains Research and Development Corporation Update in Wagga Wagga recently.