NEW approaches to Bovine Johnes Disease and recent developments relating to the beef genetics pipeline will feature among topics discussed during a genetics seminar being hosted by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association during next month’s Brisbane Ekka.
The information-packed annual seminar always proves popular with stud and commercial cattle breeders in Brisbane for the show each year, and this year’s event on August 3 will provide an update on current seedstock industry issues and an opportunity to present the prestigious RW Vincent Award for 2016.
The seminar will include a range of speakers and topics with ample time for questions and discussions. Other topics on the agenda include:
- Developing an Australian Beef Sustainability Framework, presented by steering committee chair, Prue Bondfield
- A new body to oversee and assist exports of ruminant animal genetics, presented by Dr Ced Wise
- Recent developments relating to the beef genetics pipeline, including the National Livestock Genetics Consortium, presented by Hugh Nivison.
ARCBA president Malcolm Foster will be presenting the RW Vincent Award. Mr Foster said the association’s executive, representing Australia’s major beef bred societies, had agreed on another worthy recipient for 2016.
The award is intended to recognise outstanding contributions to the Australian beef cattle breeding industry over a sustained period.
“This is not an annual Award, but one that is made only when an individual of sufficient merit is identified,” Mr Foster said.
The seminar will be held after led steer judging on Wednesday August 3 in Meeting Room 2 of the Royal International Convention Centre at the RNA Showgrounds in Brisbane. The two hour seminar starts at 1.30pm and is open to all industry stakeholders.
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