ASHEEP annual conference

The ASHEEP annual conference will be held at The Esperance Bay Yacht Club from 8am on Thursday, June 21. Photo: Supplied.
The ASHEEP annual conference will be held at The Esperance Bay Yacht Club from 8am on Thursday, June 21. Photo: Supplied.

The region’s peak pasture and livestock group will hold their annual conference next Thursday, June 21, to expand the focus of the organisation and provide further support to farmers.

The day will include presentations from a number of prominent industry figures, including vet Erica Ayers, Murdoch University animal science expert Kate Loudon, Agpro Management farm advisor Ed Riggall and Meat & Livestock Australia genetics program manager Caris Jones.

Ms Ayers will open this year’s conference, discussing her time in England during the foot and mouth disease outbreak and her involvement with the emergency response.

Ms Ayers will discuss what Australian farmers can do to prevent such an event happening here.

Following a morning tea, Dr Loudon will discuss how the supplementation of Magnesium can reduce dark cutting in cattle and how farmers can implement it in their own farming system.

Dr Loudon will also cover how to get the most out of crop grazing and what risks to animal health there may be.

Mr Riggall will discuss the results from a range of recent sheep management trials including the effect of wind chill on lamb survival and the value of chaff dumps as sheep fodder sources.

Ms Jones will then explore sheep genetics, DNA profiling, benchmarking projects and how the data can be used to help producers make decisions on-farm.

Gnowangerup farmer Wayne Pech will discuss Ms Jones’ topic by sharing how he uses sheep genetics to achieve his production goals and will talk about his journey in feed lotting.

University of WA Agriculture and Environment senior research officer Kevin Foster will explore the effects some clover and medic varieties can have on animal performance and fertility before Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development’s Paul Sanford talks about Red Clover Disease.

The conference at the Esperance Bay Yacht Club will begin at 8am and is expected to conclude with an expert question panel and refreshments.

There is a registration fee of $20 to cover venue and catering costs.

Registrations close by June 18 and those interested can register with Jan Clawson on 0407 990 497 or janclawson@bigpond.com.