Take $tock, make $tock at Kidman Springs 2014

This year’s theme for the biennial Kidman Springs Field day is “Take $tock, Make $tock”, and no it isn’t about poddy dodging! Aside from showcasing local research at the NT Department of Primary Industry and Fisheries research farm, the field day will focus on the business and production data which tell us the most about how our businesses are travelling. Geoff Fordyce will provide a simple way of answering the question ‘Are your cows performing as they should, and if not, how far off the mark are they?’ , while Kieren McCosker will discuss the key factors contributing to under performance, which he views as opportunities for businesses to improve their key profit driver –  reproductive performance.

The Kidman Springs day provides an excellent opportunity for pastoralists to exchange ideas with their peers. One of the key sessions of the day is an interactive session where key messages will be translated into practical management steps.

Presenters include Steve Petty from the Northern Development Company, Geoffry Fordyce from Queensland Alliance for Agricultural and Food Innovation, and Geoff Niethe from Meat and Livestock Australia—all of whom have impressive backgrounds in research and development in Northern Australia as well as extensive experience working with pastoralists.

Tim Schatz, a Senior Beef Researcher with DPIF, will also present the final results from a Senepol crossbreeding trial. The trial compared steer growth on pasture and in the feedlot, meat quality, and heifer pregnancy rates in Brahmans and Senepol-Brahman crossbred cattle. Mr Schatz’ work has included following progeny through an Indonesian feedlot and abattoir—work that has generated significant producer interest.

At the end of the day we’ll conduct a station tour and discuss the high-fertility Selected Brahman program, as well as results from Shruburn, an internationally-significant fire trial that has been running for 20 years.

A BBQ dinner will cap off the day. Kidman Springs Station is in the heart of the Victoria River District, about 300km south of Katherine. Please contact Trisha Cowley t: 08 8973 9770 or e: trisha.cowley@nt.gov.au to register your interest or for more information.

Kidman Springs Field Day 2014 Program (PDF 368 kB).