Wednesday Seminars

Seminar Schedule & Overview

How are we securing our future trade – Market access 

A Beef Australia International Seminar

In an era where global sustainability and climate change responses shape market landscapes, it is imperative for the agricultural sector to adapt strategically.  

In this Beef Australia International seminar, we are joined by distinguished guest speakers as they delve into the crucial aspects of securing the future of trade and market access for Australia’s thriving beef industry. You’ll learn about pioneering initiatives positioning Australian farmers and graziers at the forefront of climate-aware markets, explore groundbreaking programs such as Farming for the Future, the ACCU Scheme for on-farm carbon monetization, the Australian Agricultural Sustainability Framework, and innovative climate-friendly practices within the Australian beef industry.   

Anticipate and respond to evolving market access requirements and opportunities as CEO of Organic Systems & Solutions, Marg Will takes a dive into the intricacies of supporting Australia’s marketing claims through the verification of supply chains, impactful branding statements, and adherence to global accreditation standards. 

Finally, Executive Chairman of Macdoch Group, Alasdair MacLeod uncovers the potential for Australian agriculture to lead in building natural capital and transitioning to a low-carbon, climate-resilient future. Specifically, Alasdair will explore the role of well-managed livestock grazing in contributing to climate solutions, producing nature-positive business outcomes, sequestering soil carbon, and maintaining healthy, productive landscapes. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 7:45am – 9:15am 
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee, Free for registered International Program delegates

Carbon Neutral Beef – Where to focus, what to do? 

Presented by Queensland Government

Recently, there has been a huge growth in interest in the potential for carbon farming and soil carbon sequestration in grazing lands, and the opportunities this may offer land managers for earning carbon credits. 

However, there are divergent views on the potential for sequestration – creating uncertainty for policy, and for land management.  

This seminar will cover the importance of developing a sound understanding of carbon accounting and carbon neutrality to enable the development of producer’s own baseline, discuss emissions sources and sinks in beef farming systems.  

Attendees will be provided with expert advice on where to go to learn how to integrate low emissions technologies and practices into their operations.  This session will also look at what research is on the horizon to help producers meet their targets. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 8.00am – 9.30am
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Genes, germs, greenhouse gases, and gastronomy  

Presented by The University of Queensland

Join The University of Queensland (UQ) for an insightful seminar as beef industry leaders discuss how they are using technological advances from UQ in their operations, leading to a sustainable beef future.  

Up and coming researchers will also present the latest wave of advances in genomics, vaccines, monitoring, breeding, and nutrition that are positively impacting risk mitigation, climate resilience, animal welfare and consumer satisfaction. These solutions will drive the future sustainability of beef industries for northern Australia and in tropical and sub-tropical regions of the globe. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 9.45am – 11.15am
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Outlook for a sustainable beef industry

Presented by Bank of Queensland

Hear from BOQ Chief Economist Peter Munckton, as he talks about the economics of a sustainable beef sector. Peter will be joined by representatives from beef industry market leaders – Mort & Co and Kilcoy Pastoral Company. 

Together they will delve into future sustainability for the industry and the economics of aligning to sustainability frameworks being set by the likes of Meat and Livestock Australia. 

Kilcoy Pastoral Company and Mort & Co are passionate about sustainability and well placed to talk about their respective journeys so far along with some key considerations. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 10.00am – 11.30am 
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Beefing Up Your Legacy: Estate Planning Unveiled 

Presented by Synergy Consolidated

Join Synergy Consolidated for an enlightening seminar where seasoned experts share their wealth of knowledge, empowering you to navigate the intricate landscape of estates with confidence.  

This seminar will take you on a journey through: 

  1. Estate Litigation – The good, the bad, and the ugly of the family ‘beef’.
    Gain a comprehensive overview of family provision applications, empowering you with strategic knowledge. Explore the wider scrutiny of structures by claimants and discover the importance of business continuity to safeguard family legacies.
     
  2. Estate Planning – Steps to avoid the family ‘beef’. Learn the art of giving and taking estate planning instructions, ensuring clarity and consensus. Navigate the misunderstandings and agreements that arise from the office to the kitchen table, and gain a profound understanding of asset and business structure considerations to avoid the family ‘beef’ before it begins. 
  3. Estate Administration – The pursuit of no family ‘beefs’. Unravel the complexities of financial statements and their implications for entities in estate administration. Explore the repercussions when executors are at odds and discover effective conflict resolution strategies. Navigate challenges when the will doesn’t pave an easy way, and explore the implications of administering gifts in estates. Uncover tips and traps in dealing with family property, drawing from real-life lessons learned the hard way. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 11.45am – 1.15pm 
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Out-numbered – A best-on-ground explanation of actually how EBVs work and why you should use them

Presented by Beef Australia

EBVs have been around for years but surprisingly few of us understand the simple way in which they are derived and the true capacity to generate genetic progress they hold.  

Here is one geneticist who can provide an EBV explanation like no other – guaranteed to send you home with a new ability to interrogate both your numbers and those offered by your seedstock producer, in a new light. Presented by Professor Alison Van Eenennaam from University California, Davis.

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 12.00pm – 1.30pm
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Resilient and Sustainable Farming

Presented by Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry

Join the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry for an insightful seminar on the national priorities for the agriculture sector, building resilience to drought, and opportunities to support sustainability and climate goals.

National Priorities for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry:  

Secretary of the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, Adam Fennessy will provide an overview of national priorities for the agriculture sector and their relevance to Australia’s beef industry. 

Adapting to advance: building resilience to drought: 

Drought is a recurring feature of the Australian landscape. It will become more frequent, severe, and longer lasting in many regions as the climate changes. We all have a role to play to ensure we are better prepared to deal with drought. The Australian Government works with stakeholders throughout the drought cycle to build resilience through preparedness, response and recovery capability and capacity. Join us to hear about what we are doing to help farming businesses and communities prepare for, manage through, and recover from drought sustainably in a changing climate. 

Sustainability and climate change – the role of agriculture and the land:

Australia’s agriculture and land sectors are already feeling the effects of climate change and many agriculture industry groups have already committed to sustainability and climate goals. This session will discuss opportunities to support these goals including through the development of the government’s Agriculture and Land sectoral plan and other measures such as the Climate-Smart Agriculture Program under the Natural Heritage Trust.

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 1.45pm – 3.15pm   
Venue: James Lawrence A
Price: $55+ online booking fee

Perspectives on pain relief in beef cattle

Presented by Better Choices

Join us for a thought-provoking and comprehensive 60-minute panel discussion at Beef24, titled “Perspectives on Pain Relief in Beef Cattle.” This engaging seminar will feature a distinguished panel of experts who will delve into the crucial aspects of pain mitigation practices in the Australian beef industry. 

Our esteemed panelists will engage in a dynamic debate, exploring the current landscape of pain mitigation practices, policies, standards, and guidelines in the beef industry. The discussion will encompass practical considerations, available products, and best practices for alleviating pain in beef cattle. By removing the metaphorical blinkers that may limit our understanding, this panel aims to shed light on the multifaceted challenges and opportunities surrounding pain mitigation. 

The conversation will be moderated by the knowledgeable and experienced Dr. Michael Patching, who will guide the discussion through various dimensions of the topic. Dr. Patching’s expertise will ensure a well-informed and balanced exploration of the issues at hand. 

Date: Wednesday 8th May 2024 
Time: 2.00pm – 3.30pm   
Venue: James Lawrence B
Price: $55+ online booking fee

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