Agribusiness Today Forum

Behrendt, K. (Chair), Kelly, J. (Organiser), Dennis Hodgkins (Organiser), Toni Nugent (Organiser)

Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesParticipation in conference

Description

The 2017 Agribusiness Today forum and field day was a great success, with specialist presenters sourced from across Australia, and from a range of industry and research organisations. This event hosted in addition to the forum and field day, three optional sessions/tours that participants could attend. The two day series of events started on the 10th August with a breakfast discussion led by Dr Jason Trompf on reproductive efficiency in sheep which was attended by 18 producers. The field day was then attended by around 110 people, of which 55% were producers, 28% secondary school level agriculture students, with the remainder retailers, advisors, and researchers. The field day was again well received as an additional activity to the forum. It featured speakers and demonstrations on the latest in sheep breeding and breeding objectives, managing health issues, remote sensing, soil and pasture nutrition, meat quality, pasture benchmarks for performance, and sheep handling equipment. The second optional tour was then attended by 11 producers and was held at the Adagio Wool mill in Orange with focus on vertical integration in the wool value chain.
Preceding the forum on the 11th August was the third optional tour to Trunkey Creek Bacon Breakfast Tour which was attended by 14 producers and focused on vertical integration in the pork value chain. The 2017 Forum was then attended by approximately 120 people comprising of producers (76%), advisors/researchers (12%), service providers/retailers (11%) and students (1%), along with 12 speakers and 10 organising committee members . Speakers that were in attendance covered a broad range of topics from the latest on meat and wool market developments and trends; comparative profitability of Australian sheep enterprises; using feedlotting, genetic and other sheep management technologies for profitability; processors perspectives and the social license of farming; as well as two producer case studies dealing with sheep breeding and managing sheep in mixed farming systems; recognising our commitment to have the most renowned specialists in their respective fields.
All proceeds from the optional tours associated with the 2-day event went to the supporting businesses (Adagio Mill and Trunkey Creek Bacon) and proceeds from the Breakfast session went to the Molong Magpies Rugby
Period10 Aug 2017 - 11 Aug 2017
Event typeConference
Conference number2017
LocationOrange, Australia, New South Wales
Degree of RecognitionRegional