Latest news from the FutureBeef program, October 2015.
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Welcome to the October edition of the FutureBeef update!

The Bureau of Meteorology has updated the October-December 2015 Climate and Water Outlook video. If you're interested, we've provided a link to Professor Michael Roderick's article about how droughts work. You'll find it below.

Don't miss your chance to recognise an outstanding individual who makes a real difference to your community, you have until 31 October to nominate them for the RIRDC Rural Women's Award.

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Bull selection hits the road!

The FutureBeef team in the Territory hit the road with genetics and cattle breeding expert John Bertram and Technical Manager of Genetics at Zoetis Dr Emily Piper recently. Here's a wrap-up of the roadshow!

What the WA beef industry looks like

Have you ever wondered what the Western Australia beef industry looks like? This paper provides an overview of key information including herd size and distribution, climate, production systems and markets. Check it out here.

New soil conservation guidelines for Queensland

2015 is the International Year of Soil. Soil is like the skin of the earth and sometimes we overlook the important contribution that soil makes to our ecosystems. The first edition of the Soil conservation guidelines were published in 1966, the third edition is now available.

Just how do droughts work?

Another Australian summer, an on-going drought and El Niño. Professor Michael Roderick from the Australian National University explains that droughts don't work how we might think. His article is published on The Conversation and you can read it here!

Beef bites

15 October is a day to celebrate and honour rural women in recognition of their importance in agricultural and rural development worldwide. Find out more about the International Day of Rural Women

Upcoming events

Beef genetics update and refresher day Bowen 8 October.

Stocktake Plus workshop Mundubbera 8 October, Gin Gin 13 October, Gympie 14 October and Kingaroy 15 October.

Caravan of collaboration Charleville 9 October, Quilpie 13 October and Tambo 15 October.

Spyglass digital technology demonstration Charters Towers 9 October.

ANZ North-West Gulf Graziers' Forum Georgetown 10-11 October.

Coonabar Climate Clever Beef project site Rolleston 12 October.

Banana Shire Beef Industry Summit 2015 Biloela 13 October.

Nutrition EDGE Augathella 13-15 October.

Breedcow Dynama workshop Biloela 14-15 October.

Pastoral Profit workshop Bollon 15 October and Eulo 16 October.

Accelerated Grazing BMP workshop Biloela 19-20 October, Theodore 21-22 October, Alton Downs 24-25 October, Springsure 2-3 November and Comet 4-5 November.

Workplace health and safety workshop Alpha 20 October.

Grazing BMP workshop Toogoolawah 20 October and 9 November, Beaudesert 22 October Ma Ma Creek 27 October and Fernvale 29 October.

Precision Pastoral Management Tools field day Glenflorrie Station WA 28 October.

SEQ Fire and Biodiversity Consortium Forum 2015 Brisbane 29 October.

Clermont Cattleman's Challenge field day Clermont 31 October.

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