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Kirsty McCormack, young beef industry leader based in Brisbane and working as Sales and Production Executive at OBE Organic, was announced the national 2017 NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion last month. Congratulations to Kirsty and all the finalists... our beef industry is in capable hands! Here's a full wrap-up of the event.

Don't forget to register for the It doesn't rain money - Opportunities for restocking and recovery after drought in Queensland webinar on Thursday 8 September. If you can't make then, register anyway and we'll send you a link to the recording so you can tune in later. Did you know that it only costs 26 cents to view an hour-long webinar and listen in using a telephone? If you have any question about webinars, you can check out our webinar FAQs.

The Faculty of Vet and Ag at the University Melbourne are asking farmers to help shape the future of agricultural extension services in Australia. You can share your thoughts by completing this survey.

Send us your feedback and suggestions via email, or connect with us on Facebook and Twitter or check us out on YouTube. We'd love to hear from you...

Happy reading!


Rebecca Farrell (Extension Officer, Animal Science, DAF)
41 Boggo Road Dutton Park Qld 4102 (GPO Box 267 Brisbane Qld 4001)
t: +61 7 3255 4265 e:

Climate and water outlook for September - November 2016

The record winter rain rainfall across northern Australia means soils are wet, water courses are flowing and dams are filling up! Tune into Robyn Duell, Senior climatologist with the Bureau of Meteorology as she explains the likely climate trends for Spring 2016, including La Nina watch.  


Workshops to improve pastures, soils and waterways

A series of best practice workshops to help improve productivity, profitability and sustainability are being rolled out across South East Queensland. Read more information including dates and locations.

Trial results highlight Pilbara's irrigation potential

Irrigated agriculture in the Pilbara is now a step closer. Last month, the Department of Agriculture and Food, Western Australia hosted pastoralists, traditional owners, miners and government representatives at the Woodie Woodie site to share the results of the irrigation trial site for first time. 

Managing a successful AI program

Planning an artificial insemination program in advance and managing it well is essential to maximise it's success. In this article, two highly experienced professionals, Greg Fawcett from Beef Breeding Services and Alan Laing from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, discuss some key points to maximise the results and benefits of your AI program. 

Tick fever vaccination reminder

All cattle in tick infested areas are at risk of developing tick fever, whether they were born and raised within the tick area or introduced from cattle tick-free areas. The most reliable and proactical tool for long-term control of tick fever is vaccination. You'll find more information in this guide, including:

  • tick fever vaccinations for cattle
  • how to order vaccines
  • how and when to use them
  • how to monitor for potential reactions.
The tick fever vaccine is available to order through your stock and station agent, veterinarian or direct from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries' Tick Fever Centre.

Upcoming events

Grazing BMP  - Grazing land managment and soil health wotkshop Crows Nest, 7 September
Upper Yarraman, 8 September
Aratula, 13 September
Rathdowney, 14 September
Profiting from genetic potential Bollon, 7 September
Eulo, 8 September
What are the profitable parts of the beef value chain? Webinar, 7 September
It doesn't rain money! Opportunities for restocking and recovery in Queensland Webinar, 8 September
Erosion control workshop Hughenden, 12 September
BeefUp forum Capella, 13 September
Katherine NT, 11 October
Better Beef Business workshop Gympie, 14 September
Australasian Weeds Conference Perth WA, 11-15 September
WHS and the new Biosecurity Act Mio College Clare QLD, 13 September
Spyglass Beef Research Station, 14 September
National Landcare Conference Melbourne VIC, 21-23 September
OBE Organic Grazing BMP forum Birdsville, 27-28 September
Bushfire 2016 Brisbane 28-30 September
Sheep technology field day Dirranbandi, 28 September
Keep in Touch day Wandoan, 28 September
Gympie, 29 September
OBE Organic Spatial Hub training Birdsville, 29 September
Serious about grazier safety  Induction, training and supervision webinar, 4 October
Australian Red Meat Industry's Digital Strategy Forum Brisbane, 6 October
Grazing BMP Expo Emerald 11-12 October
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