Seeing is believing for livestock systems

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Icon farm management consultant Andrew Ritchie, AWI industry relations officer Ellie Bigwood and AWI project manager woolgrower services Henry Ridge.
Camera IconIcon farm management consultant Andrew Ritchie, AWI industry relations officer Ellie Bigwood and AWI project manager woolgrower services Henry Ridge. Credit: Countryman

Farmers, technical staff, consultants and research scientists gathered at farms in Binnu and Northampton last Thursday to discuss a variety of livestock systems.

The WA Livestock Research Council’s Livestock Matters Forum was led by its chairman Tim Watts who had wide industry support through Meat and Livestock Australia, Australian Wool Innovation, CSIRO, Murdoch University, the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development and independent agriculture consultants.

There were three farm visits that included Binnu farmer Don Nairn’s leased property where discussions took place on his confinement feeding system that assisted with his sheep production using the Grain and Graze program. At West Binnu, there was a visit to Chilimony Farms where cattle had been introduced and were grazing on Rhodes grass as an alternative to the land’s past cropping production. The third farm visit was at the Hasleby family’s Mulga Springs property at Northampton where co-owners Jess and Rob Horstman explained their interest in the MLA Producer Demonstration Site project.

Sheep production was the focus along with a visit to the Chapman Catchment Regeneration Project site at the property.

There was a wind-up fellowship that took place at the Northampton Community Centre to close the day.

WALRC producer members Lynley Anderson, of Kojonup, John Wallace, of Esperance, and Audrey Bird, of Wickepin.
Camera IconWALRC producer members Lynley Anderson, of Kojonup, John Wallace, of Esperance, and Audrey Bird, of Wickepin. Credit: Countryman
Rabobank rural manager Geraldton Nic Mihura and Northampton farmer Daniel Gill.
Camera IconRabobank rural manager Geraldton Nic Mihura and Northampton farmer Daniel Gill. Credit: Countryman
Northampton farmers Jessica and Rob Harstman.
Camera IconNorthampton farmers Jessica and Rob Harstman. Credit: Countryman
Jim's Ag Services principal Jim Wedge and Binnu farmer Don Nairn.
Camera IconJim's Ag Services principal Jim Wedge and Binnu farmer Don Nairn. Credit: Countryman
MLA program manager feedbase Cameron Allan, MLA project manager adoption Mitch Plumbe and Richard Brake Consulting principal Richard Brake.
Camera IconMLA program manager feedbase Cameron Allan, MLA project manager adoption Mitch Plumbe and Richard Brake Consulting principal Richard Brake. Credit: Countryman
CSIRO senior principle research scientist Hayley Norman and Urwin farmer Craig Forsyth.
Camera IconCSIRO senior principle research scientist Hayley Norman and Urwin farmer Craig Forsyth. Credit: Countryman
Alosca Technologies business development manager Floyd Sullivan and Avoca farm hands Ashlee Radford and Shannah Kanny.
Camera IconAlosca Technologies business development manager Floyd Sullivan and Avoca farm hands Ashlee Radford and Shannah Kanny. Credit: Countyman
Farming Management Services senior rural supervisor Andrew Clarke and Binnu farmer Lukis Blake.
Camera IconFarming Management Services senior rural supervisor Andrew Clarke and Binnu farmer Lukis Blake. Credit: Countryman
Northampton farmer Chris Hasleby, Nutrien Ag animal health specialist Bronwen Fowler and Howatharra farmer Trevor Ross.
Camera IconNorthampton farmer Chris Hasleby, Nutrien Ag animal health specialist Bronwen Fowler and Howatharra farmer Trevor Ross. Credit: Countryman
WALRC committee member Matt Camarri and CSIRO researcher Rob Harrison.
Camera IconWALRC committee member Matt Camarri and CSIRO researcher Rob Harrison. Credit: Countryman
Walkaway farmer Grant Bain, KG Livestock Services principal Kelly Gorter and Eneabba farmer Chris Patmore.
Camera IconWalkaway farmer Grant Bain, KG Livestock Services principal Kelly Gorter and Eneabba farmer Chris Patmore. Credit: Countryman

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