Kidman Springs Field Day a hit
Whitney Dollemore, Pastoral Research Officer, Katherine
The biennial Victoria River Research Station (Kidman Springs) field day was held in conjunction with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Beef Up forum on the 15-16 August 2018. The field day was well attended by 70 pastoralists and other industry stakeholders. The Kidman field day program highlighted a number of rangeland and cattle production topics including:
- burning regimes for controlling woody thickening on a small and property scale incorporating grazing strategies
- self-herding principles and philosophy
- Senepol crossbreeding
- genetic selection
- donkey research
- calf loss
- post weaning heifer growth
- putting weight on cull cows profitably
- phosphorus supplementation
- telecommunication possibilities and;
- managing post mortems.
There was a practical demonstration of ovarian scanning and a station tour which was noted as the best part by the attendees!
On the second day the MLA Beef Up was held with complementary talk topics. There were presentations following on from genetic selection and the future with genomics, the current and future state of the live export market, the power of individual animal identification as well as a productive MLA priority setting and Update session.
All feedback was extremely supportive of the research that is taking place at Kidman Springs and we look forward to another jam packed field day in 2020.
Last updated: 06 December 2018