CATTLE producers are invited to register their interest in two masterclasses in herd and pasture management being hosted by DAF and NQ Dry Tropics.
The masterclasses will be presented by northern Australian cattle veterinarian Dr Ian Braithwaite and DAF senior beef extension officer Bob Shepherd.
The events will be held at Spyglass Research Station near Charters Towers on October 30 and at Yarmina Station, near Belyando Crossing on November 2.
Event organiser DAF beef extension officer Alice Bambling said beef producers had requested a day with Dr Braithwaite to focus on breeder management.
“Dr Braithwaite is a leading cattle production vet working extensively with beef businesses across northern Australia and his experience is very much in demand,” Ms Bambling said. “He will present on best practice in controlled mating and improving reproductive performance of female cattle. He will also be available to answer grazier questions.
“The masterclass will bring together a cohort of producers in our region. A large number of these producers run continuous mated herds and are interested in knowing how to transition from a continuous, to a controlled mating system.
“There will also be demonstrations and information on managing the feed base for optimising carrying capacity. Well managed herds can achieve better productivity with less grazing pressure and have less impact on land condition, improving business viability and reef water quality.”
The masterclasses are part of a series of workshops, field days and other activities that are run through the Grazing Best Management Practice (BMP) program in the Burdekin region every year.
For more information phone 07 4761 5150.