Thursday Seminars

Seminar Schedule & Overview

Repronomics and the Northern BIN Steer Project – providing industry opportunities now and into the future 

Presented by Queensland Government

This seminar highlights the latest research findings and take-home messages from two northern-based genetics projects (Repronomics and Northern Steer BIN Project) and the latest developments in genetic evaluation.

Repronomics aims to genetically improve female reproduction by building the genomic reference populations of three tropical beef breeds in northern Australia – Brahman, Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis. The project has collected an extensive number of phenotypes and genotypes on current industry-relevant genetics. The Qld bred steers generated from Repronomics are recorded for post-weaning performance and subsequent full abattoir carcase and meat quality assessments as part of the Northern Steer BIN project.

Both projects have been pivotal in implementing BREEDPLAN single-step genomic evaluations for the three breeds, and recently the data has been used to develop multibreed EBVs for northern Australia.

Leading producers’ perspectives on their involvement with the project/s and its impact on their business and the wider industry will provide tremendous insight.

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

The customer – what on earth do they want now, and will they pay a premium for it?  

Presented by Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA)

Since the launch of Meat Standards Australia (over 25 years ago) the Australian beef industry has learnt what the consumer wanted – consistent quality, safe, great tasting tender juicy beef and they’ll pay a premium for it. 

But what do they want now? 

Hear from industry experts as to what they’re hearing from their customers, what they’re doing in their businesses and what it means for the Australian beef industry. 

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Navigating greenwashing and focusing on what we must do now

Presented by Beef Australia

Highly credentialed independent scientist with nothing to sell other than facts – Steve Weidemann takes us through 90 minutes of what you need to know and what you need to do about farming in a world where the focus is increasingly on carbon.

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Talkin Tough with Legless and Blind

Presented by Beef Australia

Join two down to earth blokes, Mike Rolls and Ben Pettingill, affectionately known as Legless & Blind, to discover a more effective version of what it means to be ‘tough’.

Mike & Ben harness their lived experience of facing adversity, along with extensive research, to deliver practical and powerful programs that cut through and have a lasting impact. They have worked extensively in rural and regional communities around the country approaching mental health in a relatable way and smashing the stigma as they go.

Their seminar has it all, powerful stories, plenty of laughs and practical tools and strategies to support the mental health and resilience of both you and your business.

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Pathways, Pay-cheque, and Passion: the adventure of becoming an agricultural professional 

Presented by CQ University (CQU) 

With 172,000 jobs currently available, there’s never been a better time to upskill and carve out an exciting and rewarding career in Australia’s agriculture sector. 

Hear from a panel of speakers as they discuss their diverse roads to success, including the financial rewards on offer, the huge variety of jobs to choose from, and the ability to travel across Australia and around the world. 

This seminar is free to attend for high school students wanting to know more about the career options available in agriculture and the training pathways available to achieve a fulfilling and financially rewarding career. 

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm  
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: FREE

Australia & USA: Aligning priorities for Beef Cattle presented by Cattle Australia 

Presented by Cattle Australia

Join us for an in-depth exploration led by the leaders of two influential beef cattle industry bodies across the US and Australia: The National Cattlemen’s Beef Association (NCBA) in the US and Cattle Australia.  

This seminar, Australia & USA: Aligning priorities for Beef Cattle, offers a unique opportunity to gain insights from Mark Eisele, President of NCBA, Kent Bacus, Executive Director of Government Affairs for NCBA, and Dr. Chris Parker, CEO of Cattle Australia, as they delve into the pressing challenges and future prospects facing the beef sector. 

Together, these leaders will dissect critical issues that are shaping the industry’s landscape. From navigating EU style trade regulations and restrictions to advocating for the sector from the paddock to the Oval Office and Parliament House, they will shed light on the intricate web of challenges and opportunities. As global consciousness about sustainability grows, this seminar will also tackle the crucial topic of emissions and climate concerns within the beef industry, leaving you with thought provoking ways on how we, as the global beef community can work together to better these key issues.  

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm  
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55.00+ online booking fee

Educate and Embrace 

Presented by Isolated Children’s Parents’ Association (ICPA)

Education access = Educated communities.

For the vibrancy of Rural Australia, education access needs to be a priority, whatever age or stage from pre-kindy through to the work force. Being raised in a rural or remote location is not a limiting factor to future success, nor should it limit options and opportunities when education is accessible. By ensuring accessibility, individuals can achieve educational excellence and rise to any level of their choosing and path.   

To maintain a diverse industry, agriculture also needs to feature in education, showing our upcoming generations, regardless of where they receive their education, that this is a viable industry and is here to stay.

Date: Thursday 9th May 2024 
Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm  
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55.00+ online booking fee

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