FEED grain and hay market impacts from the recent farmgate milk price cuts will be outlined at a free breakfast in Beaufort next Wednesday.
The intensive workshop on animal health and nutrition will also feature speakers on lamb survival and ewe nutrition, lice control and electronic identification of sheep.
The event is part of the Livestock Health and Biosecurity project delivered by the VFF Livestock Group and co-funded by the Cattle and Sheep & Goat Compensation Funds.
VFF Livestock project manager Catherine James said the purpose of the breakfast is to give farmers practical advice on managing biosecurity and animal health issues that they can use on their farm.
“We’re presenting a seasonal guide with guest speakers on a range of related topics, so we would encourage people livestock and mixed farmers in the area to come along to the breakfast and get involved.”
Among the guest speakers will be animal health, welfare and biosecurity expert Johann Schroder from Meat & Livestock Australia, CopRice nutritionist Jessica Revell, grain marketer Cecelia Caris and Achieve Ag Solutions consultant Helen McGregor.
“Johann Schroder is coming all the way from Queensland to talk about managing lice in livestock, while Jessica Revell will discuss improving lamb survival by focusing on ewe nutrition, and Cecelia Caris will investigate the impact of the dairy price drop on feed grain and hay markets.
“There’s a lot of interest in electronic identification as well, and Helen McGregor will demonstrate how this technology can be used for purposes other than traceability,” Ms James said.
The breakfast will be held at the Beaufort Community Bank Complex, 39 Park Rd, Beaufort, next Wednesday 15 June from7.30am.
For more information on the event, call Ms James on 0418 360 470 or email [email protected].
Those wishing to attend are advised to contact VFF Member Services by Friday June 10 or register online at www.vff.org.au/events to secure a booking.