TEYS Australia’s Jindalee feedlot near Springdale in southern NSW will host an information-packed producer day next week.
Open to all visitors, the field day on Friday 27 November follows an earlier similar day staged at the company’s Condamine feedlot in Queensland last month.
The 17,000 head capacity Jindalee feedlot is part of a network of three yards used for grainfed supply into Teys’ brand programs, as discussed in this earlier article in Beef Central’s earlier Top 25 Lotfeeders profile.
The Jindalee field day aims to help provide producers with the opportunity to collaborate with both processors and food-service companies to help understand market drivers and engage with them to build a strong collaborative supply chain.
In addition to the seminar program set out below, visitors will have the opportunity to have a look around the Jindalee facility with feedlot manager, Shane Bullock.
Teys Australia general manager livestock Geoff Teys, pictured left, will open next Friday’s workshop program with an overview of the Teys Australia business, and where it is heading.
General manager corporate services, Tom Maguire, will then give a presentation on Teys’ vision to move into true Value-Based Marketing systems, including consideration of yield (see earlier article on this topic published on Beef Central) , and embracing more collaborative supply chains.
Also speaking will be Meat & Livestock Australia’s Market Information Manager, Ben Thomas, providing a global market update, and McDonald’s Australia Sustainable Supply & Quality Manager Susanne Craig, discussing the burger giant’s growing emphasis on sustainability in its business and the move to engage more close with customers. Ms Craig will also outline what McDonald’s customers are asking about the food they eat, exploring what this means for the beef industry.
She will be followed by MLA’s community engagement manager Jax Baptista, who will deliver a presentation on the community’s perceptions of the Australian beef industry and how this focus is changing over time.
AusMeat training and auditing manager Ben Robinson will address the gathering on AusMeat grading methodology and standards, while Teys livestock strategic operations manager Jessica Loughland will present on Teys growing emphasis on its various incentive-driven premium branded beef market programs, both grain and grassfed.
Rounding-off the speaking program will be respected cattle vet, Dr Kev Sullivan discussing low-stress stock handling, and Coopers Animal Health national feedlot manager Brett Kowitz, outlining opportunities to better manager bovine respiratory disease through pre-vaccination programs.
The workshop presentations will be followed by a discussion session on the 2015 Teys Southern Feedback Trial.
Morning tea & BBQ lunch provided during the day.
Entry is free, but intending visitors must register for catering and logistics purposes. Contact Jasmine Nixon to RSVP no later than November 18: firstname.lastname@example.org or (02) 6938 3064.
- What: Teys Jindalee Feedlot Producer Workshop
- Where: Jindalee Feedlot, Porters Lane, Springdale NSW
- When: Friday 27 November 2015
- Registrations: From 8:30am, program gets underway 9am, for a 3pm finish.