Leader of the Queensland Opposition, David Crisafulli visited the Ken Coombe Tech Yards in a further demonstration of support for the agri-innovation sector. The fast evolving industry is showcasing the best and brightest solutions at Beef Australia 2021 and has been well supported by all levels and all sides of Government.
In one of the most exciting presentations on the Rabobank stage, Professor Ben Hayes from the University of Queensland, and veterinarian, Ced Wise spoke to a near future where genomic predictions will enable producers to select bulls that will produce the most fertile offspring.
Professor Hayes has been collaborating with a number of cattle producers who have been taking DNA samples from their animals to get the data needed to drive such a huge industry leap forward. There is much excitement in cattle circles about the efficiencies that can be achieved when the trial technology is delivered and tests in the yards will be able to predict the traits of an animal.
One of the top 100 women in technology globally, Doctor Jane Thomasen, laid out her vision for a future where northern Australia is a tech hub, and the current migration of talent south begins to reverse. She challenged beef producers to think outside the their comfort zones and embrace industry leaders that will disrupt and take a long term vision for the region.