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Workshops to Give Graziers the Nutrition Edge in the Dry Weather

24 July 2014

AUSTRALIA - Central Queensland graziers are being urged to arm themselves with the latest information and strategies in beef nutrition as dry conditions persist.

The Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry's (DAFF) FutureBeef team has organised a three-day Nutrition Edge Workshop in Emerald on 19-21 August, presented by leading nutrition, reproduction and livestock management specialist Ms Desiree Jackson.

The workshop is an approved training activity under the Fitzroy Basin Association's Training Reimbursement Program. Under this program property owners and managers can be reimbursed up to 70 per cent of the cost of approved training courses, capped at A$700 per financial year per business.

"Forecasts for an El Nino summer season are firming, and cow body condition and fertility have already suffered from late breaks in the last couple of years.

"If we are looking at a similar situation this year, the learnings from the Nutrition EDGE course will be invaluable," FutureBeef extension officer Ms Byrony Daniels said.

"It's a fact that this year's cow body condition will determine next year's fertility. Now is the time to take steps to ensure the best use of available pastures, make sure your supplementary feeding plans provide value for money and seek advice from the experts.

"Periods of drought have long-term effects on business viability, and past participants in the course tell us the Nutrition EDGE course has been well worth the investment."

Topics to be covered throughout the three days include better understanding the nutritional requirements of cattle, estimating the feed value of pasture and related animal production, and identifying and managing nutritional deficiencies.

The development and implementation of cost effective supplementary feeding and drought management strategies will also be covered.

To register for the workshop, or for more information, visit www.futurebeef.com.au, FutureBeef's Facebook page or call DAFF's Customer Service Centre on 13 25 23.

The cost of the workshop is A$1760, and there are discounts for additional business attendees.

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