From the editor

Much has happened during the past quarter with the Alice Springs Show and Beef Breeders Dinner, conferences, workshops, record prices at cattle sales, winter rain and even two major elections, to mention a few of the events.

The Northern Beef Research Update Conference held in Rockhampton during August provided a good indication of where the industry is heading in terms of research, development and adoption of new technology. Some of the main themes at the conference revolved around nutrition and phosphorus supplementation, pasture management and legumes, genetic improvement with gene marking, business management and animal health and welfare. Remote technologies, including precision management, as well as animal behaviour studies created much interest.

Sarah and Craig Cook, and Barbara Bishop enjoyed the Alice Springs BeefUp Day

(Above) Sarah and Craig Cook, and Barbara Bishop enjoyed the Alice Springs BeefUp Day

A panel discussion on improving the adoption rate of new technology did not provide a solution, but delegates agreed that closer collaboration between research institutions, producers, and service providers is essential to move the industry forward.

Jocelyn Coventry, DPIR, Nicole Hayes, ASPIAC Chair, Belinda Copper, Joella Klein at the BeefUp Day

(Above) Jocelyn Coventry, DPIR, Nicole Hayes, ASPIAC Chair, Belinda Copper, Joella Klein at the BeefUp Day

For further information on the many topics reported on in this newsletter please contact the staff at AZRI.

Pieter Conradie
Editor, Alice Springs Rural Review

Last updated: 13 September 2016