Registrations open for Kidman Springs BeefUp forum

Beef Central, 09/08/2021

The 2021 Meat & Livestock Australia Kidman Springs Beefup Forum and Department of Industry, Trade & Tourism’s Victoria River Research Station Field Day is just two weeks away, with registations closing on Friday, August 20.

BeefUp forums provide an opportunity for local beef producers to learn something new, stay up to date with the latest on-farm research and technologies and meet others working in the red meat industry.

BeefUp forums introduce producers to the outcomes of MLA research and development projects and the next steps to drive profitability and productivity on-farm.

The Victoria River Research Station BeefUp forum & Field Day will be held on Wednesday 25 and Thursday 26 August 2021 at the Victoria River Research Station, Kidman Springs, Katherine, NT.


Wednesday 25 August

9.00am Registration desk opens, morning tea available

10.00am Welcome and overview

Victoria River Research Station Update – Dr Kieren McCosker /Regional Director, Katherine & Senior Livestock Scientist (NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade)

11.00am – Cattle, carbon and country

Carbon Speaker Panel plus Q&A

Dionne Walsh, Managing Director, RANGE IQ

Will Evans, CEO, NTCA

12.30pm – Lunch

1.30pm – Afternoon paddock tour

Biocrust – Wendy Williams, Arid Soil Ecologist at UniQuest

Shrub burn and Savannah Burning Project – Robyn Cowley, Senior Rangeland Scientist

Select Brahman and Tropical Composite Herd – Gretel Bailey-Preston, Livestock Research Officer & Tim Schatz

Easy P Project – Tim Schatz, Principal Pastoral Production Research Officer, NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade

5.40pm Sunset drinks and dinner

Networking drinks sponsored by Australian Cattle Enterprises

Thursday 26 August

7.30am Breakfast

8.30am MLA update – David Beatty, Group Manager for Productivity & Animal Wellbeing, MLA

9.10am Maximising profit (plus Q&A) – Dennis Poppi, Professor in Animal Nutrition, USQ

10.10am The future of live export

Patrick Underwood, Managing Director, Australian Cattle Enterprises,

Will Evans, CEO, NTCA

Kari Moffat, Manager, Animal Welfare Assurance, AUSTREX

11.10am Morning Tea

11.40am R&D priority setting workshop

NT Cattlemen’s Association, NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade, Meat & Livestock Australia, Katherine Pastoral Industry Advisory Committee

12.30pm Lunch

1.00pm – USQ Climate Workshop

Paddock Power – Dionne Walsh

Calf Watch – Tim Schatz

Cool Calves/48hr Project – Dr Kieren McCosker

USQ Calf Loss – Newry – Dr Kieren McCosker

Pain Relief Trial – Melissa Wooderson, Livestock Officer, NT Department of Industry, Tourism and Trade Water Medication NB2 Program Update

3:30pm – Event concludes

Registrations can be made by visiting the BeefUp Kidman Springs Registration website:


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