Past National Conferences
was held in the Barossa Valley, South Australia.
Sunday 13th February – Wednesday 16th February 2011
Nuriootpa Sports & Function Centre, Nuriootpa, SA
CONFERENCE SPEAKERS WERE:
“International and domestic marketing initiatives for lamb”
Garry McAlister works for Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) in the role of Marketing Manager - Major Accounts. He has had a range of roles within MLA resulting in experience at all levels of the supply chain.
“Growing market share in a competitive environment”
Geoff Phillips recently retired after 16 years as Angus Australia’s marketing manager. During this time, Angus experienced exponential growth to command 50% of bull sales in temperate Australia with the Angus brand becoming synonymous with profit for cattle producers and high eating quality for consumers.
“Principles for running a successful family wine business. How important is marketing?” Troy Kalleske is a winemaker for his family business Kalleske wines in the Barossa Valley. His family have been producing grapes and in the Barossa district for over 150 years, and more recently wine. Troy is the seventh generation to be involved in the family business.
Dr Forbes Brien is a Principal Research Scientist with SARDI and manages a group of 12 staff involved in genetics and reproductive biology R & D. He leads Sheep CRC research on the genetic improvement of lamb survival and reproductive efficiency and oversees the Information Nucleus program in SA.
“DNA technology in the Sheep CRC – results and opportunities from ram breeders.”
Dr Ben Hayes is a researcher at DPI Victoria and is actively involved in sheep, beef and dairy cattle research. Most recently Ben has been involved in research linking large panels of DNA markers to traits of importance with a view to using this information in selection decisions. He is involved in the Sheep, Beef and Dairy CRC research programs.
“Carcase quality traits for 2020 – what traits will rams need to possess.”
Professor Dave Pethick is a researcher and lecturer based at Murdoch University in WA. His research in fundamental and applied meat science in beef, lamb and sheepmeats has made a major contribution to the understanding of meat quality and its management. He is Program Manager for Meat Science in both the Beef and Sheep CRCs.
“Keeping on top of worm burden and testing for genetic evaluation, WormBoss and drench resistance.”
Dr Ian Carmichael is the Chief Veterinary Parasitologist at SARDI. He is involved in research in the Sheep CRC on worm management strategies to combat resistance to chemicals and was involved in development of a worm management tool called WormBoss.
“Getting better results for your AI or ET program”
Dr Simon Walker is an expert in reproduction technologies and worked a senior scientist for over 20 years in SARDI. His research led to a better understanding of the control of early embryo development as well as contributing to the development of various in vitro technologies including JIVET and cloning. He is currently an affiliate Associate Professor with the University of South Australia.
“Nutrition to get the most from production”
Anthony Pearce is a qualified nutritionist with a focus on sheep nutrition.
Sam Gill is the Manager of Sheep Genetics which is the national genetic information and evaluation service for the meat and wool sectors of the sheep industry delivered as LAMBPLAN and MERINOSELECT. Sheep Genetics is a joint initiative of Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.