- a glimpse into the future of animal production!

Stirlings to Coast Farmers inaugural Livestock’17 Research and Technology Updates was a resounding success and provided growers with the opportunity to hear about some of the latest cutting-edge research and technology advances in animal production systems.

Attended by over 100 farmers and industry representatives, Livestock’17 was co-hosted by Stirlings to Coast Farmers and the WA Farmers Federation and was held on Friday July 21 at Kendenup Lodge with on-farm demonstrations in the afternoon at David and Lyn Slade’s farm at West Kendenup.

Keynote speakers included Lisa Sharp, Business Unit Manager at MLA, discussing the 5 mega trends impacting meat marketing activities, and Professor James Rowe with a look at the new app, ASKBill, set to simplify flock management with predictions based on climate, health and productivity.  In the concurrent sessions attendees learnt about GPS tracking of sheep – ‘fitbits for sheep’, how to make gains in lambing and calving percentages, reproductive technology advances and agricultural brand protection and product authenticity. An exciting opportunity in the Great Southern was also announced as SCF launched their new project on a Great Southern Agricultural Cooperative.

The afternoon saw a move to David and Lyn Slade’s West Kendenup property for discussion on meat standards, stock welfare and the work place benefits of sheep handling technology. Demonstrations of the new sheep handling technology, and Slade’s Easy Fencer were on offer at the shearing shed, while over at the cattle yards, FarmWest’s Paul Kersten gave a demonstration of AI technology on a live cow!

The day was finished with a sundowner BBQ complete with bonfires to keep everyone warm while chatting over the day.

Presentations and papers from the day can be found HERE.

Nicola Edwards