Meat & Livestock Australia’s proposed 2020 genetics forum, which was to have taken place in Adelaide on 25-26 March, has been postponed due to coronavirus.
“Unfortunately, due to the spread of COVID-19 and travel restrictions on speakers, MLA has decided to postpone the Livestock Genetics Forum until later this year, with the date yet to be confirmed,” program manager for genetics Hamish Chandler told stakeholders this week.
Once a new date has been confirmed, MLA plans to promote the event and once again, invite stakeholders to register.
This month’s forum was to be the second of its kind, following the success of the inaugural forum held in 2018 in Brisbane, which attracted more than 300 participants.
Attendees at the forum in Adelaide were due to hear about the strategic direction of MLA’s genetics program to 2025 and gain an insight into some of the key projects underway.
MLA’s general manager for research, development and adoption, Michael Crowley, said the forums were part of MLA’s broader approach to increasing the uptake of the use of genetic tools and technologies by livestock producers to boost productivity and profitability in their herd or flock.
Since the inaugural forum, MLA has boosted investment in the genetics research and development portfolio, including the launch of a comprehensive new genetics hub in 2019, providing a one-stop-shop of tools and resources, aimed to demystify genetics and breeding values.
“There is a clear link between improving the rate of genetic gain and the commercial profitability of the Australian livestock industry,” Mr Crowley said.
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