Forum to help Northern NSW cattle producers set research priorities

Beef Central, 13/03/2017

A regional consultation forum to be held in Glen Innes this month will give NSW Northern Tablelands producers the chance to help drive the future direction of levy-payer funded research, development and adoption (RD&A) programs.

The forum will be part of the Pasture Update event at the Glen Innes Research and Advisory Station on Wednesday, 22 March, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) and delivered by the Grassland Society of NSW Inc in collaboration with the Glen Innes Natural Resources Advisory Committee (GLENRAC).

The Northern NSW regional committee of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) is hosting the producer consultation session as one of a series of MLA forums around Australia.

The forums provide an opportunity for MLA to consult directly with producer levy payers about RD&A priorities for 2017/18, specific to each region.

Chair of the Northern NSW regional committee of SAMRC, Tom Amey, who will facilitate the producer consultation session, said the regional consultation process enabled producers to have their say about where their levies should be directed.

“The process facilitates more targeted and relevant research, ultimately putting more money back into the pockets of producers from their transaction levies,” Mr Amey said.

“Through the regional consultation process, producers help set research and development priorities that most affect their industry.”

As well as an opportunity to have input into the future directions of RD&A priorities, the event will showcase new technologies for the grazing industry and provide an update on new and current research.

Other presenters will include:

    • Richard Simpson, Senior Research Scientist, CSIRO, on the effective use of P fertilisers forpasture production
    • Brad Walmsley, Research Officer, NSW Department of Primary Industries, on managing thelivestock pasture interface
    • Jessira Perovic, Meat Standards Australia (MSA), on MSA and the future of eating qualityresearch
    • Matt Benham, Weeds Officer, New England Weeds Authority, on technology for monitoringweeds in the landscape
    • Jason Siddell, Senior Land Services Officer (Livestock), Northern Tablelands LLS, on live cattleassessment
    • New England Weeds Authority team on using drones on-farm
    • Carol Harris, Research Agronomist, NSW DPI, will conduct an inspection of a legume trial.

Source: MLA. The cost to attend the Pasture Update is $20 per person, and RSVP is essential by Monday, 20 March, to NSW Grassland Society Secretary, Janelle Witschi, on 0408 612 235 or register online at:


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