Profitable beef in a challenging future
Published: 12th September 2012
RDA Central West (New South Wales) and Charles Sturt University hosted a successful forum with the latest information on market requirements and trends in quality cattle production. The event was held in Bathurst on Thursday 30 August with 150 participants from across the region in attendance.
The production of cattle is a major industry and export for the RDA Central West region.
Dr Karl Behrendt, Director of the Faculty of Science Agribusiness Research Group at Charles Sturt University said the forum provided an excellent opportunity for local cattle producers to hear and discuss firsthand current markets and expected returns for this major rural enterprise.
“The forum included speakers from Queensland looking at production systems together with one of the state’s largest beef processors, Teys, giving a processor’s view,” Dr Behrendt said.
“Innovative ideas presented on controlled breeding, bull fertility, genetic tools and animal health issues were well received by exporters, producers and processors to assist in improving the performance of their herd here on the tablelands.
“The forum showcased the latest research, with two speakers examining feedlots overseas and involved with the Australian Lot Feeders Association”.
“We also had a local butcher giving a retailer’s perspective as to what consumers are saying about beef products, what they are demanding and issues they see with beef arriving in their shop,” Dr Behrendt said.
Tim McRae from Meat and Livestock Australia provided information on the latest market intelligence from both the domestic and international markets, and the forum also heard from NSW Department of Primary Industries on production tips and tools.
For more information, visit the RDA Central West website.
(Pictured above) Shevahn Telfser from Charles Sturt University providing a practical "taste test" demonstration on the difference between MSA graded beef and beef from a stressed animal.