Beef 2015

CSIRO’s take on improving livestock profitability at Beef 2015

Jon Condon, 29/04/2015



CSIRO scientists will showcase latest beef cattle research in a number of important areas at a Beef 2015 seminar next week.

Presentations will touch on a range of topics including current and future welfare challenges in live export, alleviating pain for productivity gains, heat stress, methane research and other topics.

“We’re looking forward to talking about our latest research that is focussed on improving productivity, profitability and sustainability through breeding and management practices,” CSIRO’s Dr Drewe Ferguson said.

Dr Drewe Ferguson

Dr Drewe Ferguson

“In particular, the ‘digital homestead’ project in collaboration with James Cook University is trialling technologies that provide daily information to assist producers with management of feed, reproduction and preparing livestock for market,” Dr Ferguson said.

CSIRO is continuing to build on its long tradition of providing research solutions for the Australian beef industry including developing the poll gene test, sequencing the bovine genome, improving welfare standards for trucking livestock, researching pain relief for husbandry practices and developing genomic solutions to improve suitability of cattle for Australian conditions.

The two-hour CSIRO seminar next Thursday will showcase how multi-disciplinary research is addressing the big challenges facing the industry. Other topics include:

  • Animal Health and Welfare (working to ensure that livestock production is managed ethically, using practices that reduce diseases, stress and pain in farm animals)
  • Precision livestock management (working on the development and application of new and emerging technologies with potential to improve the efficiency and cost effectiveness of livestock production systems);
  • Helping producers breed better livestock to boost the value, competitiveness and sustainability of Australia’s beef industry; and
  • Managing the rumen for productivity, through more efficient feed conversion and nutrient retention

CSIRO will also demonstrate methane measuring equipment during a Beef Week visit at Belmont Research Station on Tuesday 5 May.

CSIRO’s Beef 2015 seminar will be held in the James Lawrence Pavilion – Gallagher Livestock Manager Room from 3:30-5.00pm on Thursday May 7. Tickets are $15.





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