Having boots on the ground and engaging with Hereford Australia members and other industry participants is key to ensuring we continue to remain a successful breed society that is well informed about the opportunities and challenges faced by our members.
On 23 June, CEO, Lisa Sharp, attended Elite Poll Herefords open day at their ‘Eulalia’ stud near Scone where renowned industry leader, Jason Trompf, shared insights on understanding genetics.
Lisa said Jason’s presentation targeted stud and commercial producers and focused on the importance of setting breed objectives in the context of own/individual operations.
“A quote that stuck with me was “know your track, know how you run ‘em around your track, and know the race you are targeting”,” she said.
“Jason talked about how to optimise genetics to provide best fit for farm and market, with key take home messages including maximising reproduction, minimising dystocia and the importance of reducing input cost on maintenance energy inputs.
“He also stressed the key strategies for driving rates of gain – selecting better bulls and cow/heifer joining pressure.”
Herefords Australia Breed and Business Development Manager, Kathleen Allan also met with local Hereford breeders and learned more about their specific operations when she attended The Land’s Northern Beef Week in late June.
Herefords were one of 11 breeds on display over the five-day event held throughout Northern New South Wales.
Keep an eye out in The Land for the Southern Beef Week program, which is being held from 25 – 31 July.
HAL’s website also has a list of upcoming events including open days and sales and shows.