INTERNATIONAL and WA sheep industry experts will open discussion on a range of topics from animal welfare to new pasture options and live exports at the Agriculture Department Agribusiness Sheep Updates next month.
The diverse line up of speakers from private and government organisations will be presenting their views on issues identified by industry as being important to the future success of the WA wool and sheepmeat sectors.
Department development officer and conference organiser Sue Ellen Shaw said the Agribusiness Sheep Updates was an initiative of the Agriculture Department and supported by Meat and Livestock Australia and Australian Wool Innovation.
Ms Shaw said the Sheep Updates were first held in 2003. They were designed on similar lines to the department¹s highly successful Crop Updates program.
³This year we are anticipating about 200 participants from the agribusiness and research sectors to take part in the updates, and access the latest advancements in research, development and marketing,² Ms Shaw said.
³The information will also be delivered to producers at a series of eight Regional Updates in major sheep producing regions from Dongara to Esperance in August.²
Key speakers at the Agribusiness Updates include Livestock Exporters Association chairman John Edwards who will discuss the live sheep trade; Phil Hynd from South Australia addressing genomics for the future; Scott Champion from New Zealand Merino sharing marketing experiences; Agriculture Department researcher Phil Nichols on new pasture options, and chief veterinary officer Peter Buckman presenting on the management of Ovine Johne¹s Disease in WA.
The Agribusiness Sheep Updates will be held on July 27-28 at the Parmelia Hilton hotel in Perth.
The Regional Sheep Updates will run on August 3 at Dongara; August 4 at Dandaragan; August 5 at Kulin; August 6 at Broomehill; August 10 at Northam; August 11 at Merredin; August 13 at Ravensthorpe, and August 16 at Esperance.
For more information or to register please go to www.agric.wa.gov.au/sheepupdates or email email@example.com