Production

Mt Isa forum will focus on solutions to northern calf loss

13/10/2023

CALF loss in beef breeding herds is a global problem causing reduced live weight production and lower profitability. Large studies in recent times have shown the major risk factors in more arid northern zones to be very different to those which cause calf loss in intensive or temperate region cattle systems.

Focusing on the causes and potential solutions will be an annual Calf Alive symposium being staged in Mt Isa next month, featuring respected specialists discussing the opportunities available to manage cows for improved reproductive performance and productivity in northern Australia.

The half-day program from 8am on November 8 will feature brief updates on current research and panel discussion among specialists in the field, including:

  • Associate Professor Luis Prada de Silva, Calf Alive project coordinator
  • Prof John Gaughan, UQ
  • Dr Ian Braithwaite, NABRC regional committee
  • Dr Patricia Calusso
  • Emily Hinds
  • Dr Dionne Walsh
  • Dr Kieran McCosker
  • Dr Christine Pearson
  • Dr Robyn Cowley and
  • Prof David Phelps

The Calf Alive project has been working with 12 extensive northern properties testing  the impact of management interventions and environmental stress on calf survival and the overall productivity of breeding businesses.

Producers are welcome, with active participation through contributions and insights crucial to making the event a success.

Attendance is free, including lunch.

 

To register, click here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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