2015 conference presentations
Embracing change on-farm
John Ramsay, sheep producer from Bothwell, Tasmania; talks about the key things he used to embrace some major changes on their farm, as part of the MLA Challenge.
All things sheep feet – Footrot the disease
John WebbWare, Mackinnon Project, covers footrot, the disease and getting the right diagnosis.
All things sheep feet – Eradication program
Jack Briscoe, livestock contractor, talks about key aspects of a successful footrot eradication program.
The lowdown on lime
Jim Shovelton, Meridian Agriculture, covers all the 'need to know' on using lime on pastures.
Unbalanced mineral intake in pregnant ewes grazing cereals
David Masters, Murdoch University WA discusses his investigation into the benefits and problems of unbalanced minerals in pregnant ewes grazing cereals.
Pregnancy scanning – making it pay
Scott Howell a producer from Avoca, Victoria, gives an insight into how pregnancy scanning effects his bottom line. Lee Beattie of Beattie Consulting Services discusses the benefits of pregnancy scanning — in terms of both productivity and profitability.
Key tips for training working dogs
Ian O'Connell a dog breeder and trainer from Casterton covers the key tips for training working dogs.
What the Top Farmers do well consistently
'Top 20% of producers are earning more than 3x as much the average producers. They grow more grass and they use it well'. Paul Blackshaw, Senior Farm Business Economist from the department, presents on what the top farmers do consistently well.
High performing maidens
Andrew Kennedy, Sheep Industry Specialist from the department discusses the keys to getting performance from maiden (lambs and hoggets) ewes.
Managing yourself and your business when swimming against the tide
Ken Solly, consultant from SA, talks about managing the people side of the farming business when times get tough — 'it's not about how high you fly, but how well you bounce'.