Stay sharp: Registrations now open for the Agribusiness Today Forum in Orange
29 Jul 2017, 6:00 a.m.
CALLING all Central West sheep graziers.
Have you registered for the upcoming Agribusiness Today field day and forum?
This year’s event, held on August 10 and 11, features a jam-packed schedule of demonstrations and presentations from experts in livestock management, value chains and markets.
The event will kick off on Thursday, August, 10, with a field day at “Gundawanna”, Belgravia, near Orange. Demonstrations will cover meat quality, pasture preparation, SMART breeding objectives and remote sensing technology.
The following day participants will flock to the ‘sheep in focus’ forum in Orange. Speakers will cover a diverse range of topics such as global and domestic comparative analysis of sheep enterprise profitability; wool fashion directions; market intelligence for both wool and meats; the profitability of feedlotting lambs.
The forum will also hear from one of the country’s top meat processors – Thomas Foods International’s Andrew Jackson – on meat marketing and quality assurance.
X-Box gets stock’s measure
28 Jul 2016, 2:03 p.m.
THE same technology that allows a gamer to stand in front of a television and throw a virtual football down a field is now being used to measure the height, weight and fat content of stock, in real-time.
NSW DPI research scientist Dr Brad Walmsley, presented his research at the NextGen Livestock Forum in Blayney on Thursday.
“Utilising two X-Box Kinect style cameras, we can produce a system to take the guesswork out of cattle assessment,” he said,
“The system uses 3D images captured by cameras, such as Xbox, to assess the livestock’s characteristics.
NextGen Livestock Forum and Field Trip
18 Jul 2016, 4:56 p.m.
Livestock producers will have an exciting opportunity to hear and discuss first-hand the future of their industries when the NextGen Livestock Forum and Field Trip are held in Blayney.
The Agribusiness Today NextGen Livestock Forum on Thursday 28 July has been designed to look out over the horizon to examine the short and long term future for their industries. This will be followed by a livestock Field Trip on Friday 29 July.
Dr Karl Behrendt, Senior Lecturer in Agribusiness at Charles Sturt University said while we’ve seen cattle prices in particular at exceptional levels in the past two years, many producers are asking if these prices are sustainable.