What sets the top producers apart? Free webinar series

Beef Central, 06/10/2015

In any given market, region or season, some beef producers consistently perform better than their counterparts.

What sets them apart?

A series of eight free webinars which will run online in October and November will explain why and how some farmers are consistently at the top of their beef producing game, and what they do in order to stay ahead of the pack.

The webinars will be held as part of Meat & Livestock Austrlia’s More Beef from Pastures program, which has been helping producers in Australia’s southern production systems identify options to maximise beef production and profitability per hectare in an economically and environmentally sustainable way for the past 10 years.

The 2015 NSW program starts on the evening October 20, with seven more webinars to follow through until November 12 (see full program below).

Respected farm business consultant, John Francis, of Holmes Sackett, Wagga Wagga, will lead the NSW More Beef from Pastures webinar program.

This year’s webinar series will examine some of the successful profit drivers in top-performing beef businesses, taking a look at what current high prices mean for profitability while also examining crucial technical issues such as feed utilisation in herds, pasture economics and labour efficiency.

Holmes Sackett is a leading farm benchmarking business and throughout this program co-ordinator John Francis will draw on 17 years of beef benchmarking data and analysis to demonstrate large differences between average producers and the best over the long term.

He will illustrate key issues for beef businesses looking at capitalising on current high prices.

“These webinars will be packed full of first-class information and evidence-based recommendations relevant to NSW beef businesses,” Mr Francis said.

Three key experts in the fields of animal health and nutrition will also be presenting sessions as part of this year’s program.

Tom Graham from Coolac Veterinary Services will examine joining preparation and preparing bulls for joining; Hamish Dickson from Agripartner Consulting will look at beef cattle nutrition and the essentials for productive beef herds and Dr Natalie Robertson, Zoetis, will look at common reproductive diseases and some simple ways of controlling them to maximise profitability.

Register now: To register visit or contact (02) 6925 1758 for more information.

Session snapshot:

*Cattle prices: How much more profit will you make and what are the lessons from the lamb industry? October 20 – John Francis, Holmes Sackett
*Improving feed utilisation in Beef herds: How to get the most out of pasture growth and soil moisture monitoring tools. October 22 – John Francis, Holmes Sackett
*Better beef businesses: How much more profitable are the best and what do they do differently? October 27 – John Francis, Holmes Sackett
*Pasture economics 101 for beef producers: Is pasture improvement making me or breaking me? October 29 – John Francis, Holmes Sackett
*Labour efficiency in beef businesses: How do you measure it, what is the target and how do you achieve it? November 2 – John Francis, Holmes Sackett
*Preparing to join beef cattle: The what, why and when of preparing your bulls. November 5 – Tom Graham, Coolac Veterinary Services
*Maximise the reproductive success of your beef herd – preventing and managing common reproductive diseases. November 10 – Dr Natalie Robertson, Zoetis
*Beef cattle nutrition – sorting fact from fiction and knowing the essentials for productive beef herds. November 12 – Hamish Dickson, Agripartner Consulting


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