Improving efficiency of farming systems

Mackinnon Project Seminar

Sheep and Beef Cattle Health and Production Management Service

Improving efficiency of farming systems – what’s the potential?

  • When: Tuesday 29 September 2015, 9.30 am 
  • Where: Large Lecture Theatre, University of Melbourne Faculty of Veterinary and Agricultural Sciences 
  • 250 Princes Highway, Werribee; Melways Map Ref: 206 G5 
  • Cost: $60pp for Mackinnon members, $90pp for non-members. 
  • RSVP: Dianne Rees: 0418 748 603; d.rees@unimelb.edu.au 

Program

9.30 am - Registration and Morning Tea

10.00 am - Welcome 

10.10 am  - SESSION 1 Indicators of farm efficiency - the link to profitability  - Jonathan Tocker (DEDJTR) 

10.40 am - SESSION 2 – Technology in agriculture; from data collection to drones  - Helen McGregor 

11.10 am - SESSION 3 – Improving phosphorus use efficiency  - Lisa Warn 

11.40 am - SESSION 4 – Mackinnon Research Updates:  Worms & prime lamb production systems – Bea Kirk Bacterial enteritis (winter scours) in merino lambs – Kelly Stanger 

12.10 pm - LUNCH 

1.10 pm - SESSION 5 – Reproductive wastage – where do all the twin lambs go?   - Elsa Glanville 

1.40 pm - SESSION 6 – Breeding for production efficiency in sheep and cattle Anne Ramsay, Stenhouse Consulting Pty Ltd 

2.10 pm - SESSION 7 – Mackinnon Research Update  The ‘LANDI’ Project; using farmer observations for disease surveillance  - Caitlin Pfeiffer 

2.30 pm -  DISCUSSION & CLOSE - So what do you do if spring rains fail? - Tactical management of your livestock with current commodity prices - John Webb-Ware 

3.00 pm - FINISH AND AFTERNOON TEA*  

* optional tour of the Faculty’s post mortem and laboratory facilities at 3.10 pm.