Beefing up a knowledge base
THE Warwick Showgrounds will come alive today for the first day of the two-day Beef 4 U seminar and field day.
The aim of the day is to give producers advice and tips for producing beef for them to grow their businesses.
Riverina Warwick branch's territory sales manager Glen Whitton said the event would be invaluable.
"The aim is really to discuss and give tips to producers in regards to health and supplementation issues," Mr Whitton said.
"The seminar will discuss how to prevent health issues, but also what to do if you do come across any health issues.
"We'll also discuss the markets, so what markets people should be keeping an eye out for if they're looking to produce beef and how they can look ahead by keeping an eye on those markets."
Mr Whitton said Warwick was an ideal place to hold the event, because of its location.
"Warwick is central to a lot of areas," he said.
"It's got the accommodation and the facilities to host the event and it's in a good location.
"There probably wasn't any more to it than that."
Mr Whitton said he expected the event would have more of an impact on individual people, rather than the area.
"It's probably not going to mean a lot for the area's beef industry," Mr Whitton said.
"This is more about teaching individuals about different aspects of producing beef and giving them tips, advice and more opportunities to make decisions.
"Things like are you breeding the right animal to produce the right beef and how to supplement your cattle differently to get it to the right weight.
"So there might be a spin-off effect where several producers are improved but the benefits will mainly be individual."
More than 260 people are registered to take part in the seminar, while Dalveen man David Bondfield from Palgrove Stud will be one of the guest speakers - talking about the best ways to develop a cattle breeding program.
Vets will talk about how to manage calves from weaning to feedlot entry and health issues that can affect a breeding herd.
A highlight and a session Mr Whitton expected to be very popular is American Dr Bob Lee's discussion.