Sheep industry representatives in Western Australia are encouraged to register now for the 2014 Sheep Updates.
The Sheep Updates is the Department of Agriculture and Food’s premier event for the sheep meat and wool industries.
Department Livestock Industries Executive Director Kevin Chennell said the event provided up-to-date information on the latest research and extension tools, and addressed current production and industry issues.
“This year’s Sheep Updates will focus on technology for breeding better sheep, which is a major opportunity for the Australian sheep industry,” Dr Chennell said.
“Rapidly-evolving markets and recent investments in genetics research and development such as the Sheep Genetic Resource Flock at Katanning have opened up new pathways to profitability.
“This means sheep producers need to carefully plan their breeding strategies or risk being left behind.
“Conference sessions will cover the opportunities provided by genetic research, tools to make the most of genetic information, breeder and producer case studies and the future of genetic research.
“Speakers hail from regional Western Australia, interstate and overseas.
“They include James Kynge, Principal of FT China Confidential which provides predictive analysis of China’s key economic trends and Luke Stephen, the project officer for MERINOSELECT, the national genetic evaluation service for the Australian sheep industry.
“Other speakers are agricultural economist John Young who helps evaluate the on-farm applicability of research projects and department senior research officer Johan Greeff who will outline the strengths and limitations of genetic research in WA.”
The Sheep Updates are targeted at sheep producers, breeders and agricultural advisors and will be held on 30 July at The University Club, the University of Western Australia.
More information is available on the Department of Agriculture and Food website at agric.wa.gov.au
The early bird rate for registrations closes on 1 July. To register, contact Anne Jones on +61 (0)8 9892 8529 or email [email protected]