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DEXA technology to feature at Teys southern producer day

Jon Condon, April 18, 2017

AN upcoming producer workshop being held at Teys Australia’s Jindalee feedlot in southern NSW will showcase emerging DEXA objective carcase measurement technology – one of the tools being developed by the company to build closer collaborative supply chain relationships with producers.

DEXA X-ray image of a beef forequarter taken from the Teys trials

DEXA X-ray image of a beef forequarter taken from the Teys trials

The workshop takes place at the Jindalee feedlot on Porters Lane, near Springdale on Thursday 27 April, with registrations from 8am, for an 8.30am start.

The day will be split into two key sessions – the morning session will focus predominantly on recent developments in Value Based Marketing, including reporting and technology; while the afternoon will highlight opportunities to add value to cattle businesses through brand alignment, innovation and business development.

During the morning tea and lunch breaks, there will be opportunity for producers to engage with a live demonstration of the ‘Dual-Energy X-Ray Absorptiometry’ (DEXA) technology and tour the feedlot.

Scott Technology will provide a live demonstration of the DEXA technology, using the ‘DEXA in a Box’ (DIAB) equipment – a prototype DEXA system purpose-built in a shipping container, which has been used in Teys’ recent trials to demonstrate the ability of the technology to predict the CT composition of beef carcases.

The DIAB has been transported to the feedlot especially for the event to give producers a chance to view the technology in action, up close. Teys Australia general manager corporate services Tom Maguire will give a presentation on the technology and its potential application in the processing sector.

After a welcome and overview from Teys Australia’s executive director Livestock, Geoff Teys, the morning session will also include presentations on:

  • Investing in Teys Wagga: Andrew Ross – GM Wagga Wagga, Teys Australia
  • New VBM Reporting: Jessica Loughland – Livestock Strategic Operations, Teys Australia
  • Combatting Dark Cutting: Dr Peter McGilchrist – Murdoch University
  • Animal Health Data Capture & Reporting: Jasmine Nixon – Livestock Strategic Operations, Teys Australia
  • Improving Animal Health: Dr Kev Sullivan – Bell Veterinary Services

The afternoon session will include presentations on:

  • Branding & Product Development: Jessica Loughland – Livestock Strategic Operations, Teys Australia
  • The Beef Mentoring Program: Gordon Stone – Agricultural Business Development Institute
  • Value Chain Innovation Opportunities: Ashley Sweeting – MLA.

The day will conclude with results from the Teys Feedback Feeder Steer Trial, and a general Q&A session.

Morning tea & BBQ lunch is provided by Teys Australia.

Places are limited, so it is important to RSVP HERE by 20 April, or contact [email protected] (02) 8059 7200. It’s important for producers wishing to tour the feedlot to RSVP, using the above link, so that adequate buses can be arranged.

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