GA 2024 | Geelong conference to focus on future of cattle breeding

Mar 4, 2024

The GA 2024 Today, Tomorrow and Beyond conference in Geelong on March 18-19 will showcase new research and ideas that will shape the future of cattle breeding in Australia.

The conference will feature local and international speakers, farmers and dairy and beef industry leaders.

It will be the first in-person industry-wide conference hosted by Genetics Australia (GA) after an earlier event planned for 2020 was moved online due to the pandemic.

CEO Anthony Shelly said the conference aimed to inspire the current and next generation of farmers to use genetics and other cutting-edge technologies to advance their operations.

It will create a platform to bring together people in the dairy and beef industries to learn how new research and ideas can improve their businesses and help create more sustainable and profitable farming systems.

The program will cover beef industry insights and strategies, the advantages and disadvantages of the MOET and IVP IVF systems, reduced emission feeding strategies, using semen donors and sexed semen to maximise joining outcomes, unlocking international opportunities with the World Angus Evaluation, the return on investment from 40 years of genetic improvement, the next genetic frontiers, the role of genetic improvement in creating greater integration between dairy and beef industries, the importance of estrus intensity and how IVF can be used for herd development.

Findings from Australian research into breeding healthier cows will be presented by project specialist at DataGene and PhD Candidate at LaTrobe University, Michelle Axford.

Agriculture Victoria Breeding for Sustainability and Resilience research director Professor Jennie Pryce will lead a panel discussion on breeding for sustainability and resilience.

There will also be farmer panels on robotic milking, making measurable differences, and sustainable farming practices.

It is intended to hold the conference biennially.

The conference will be at GMHBA Stadium 370 Moorabool Street South Geelong. People can visit https://genaust.com.au/ga2024conference/ for program and ticketing information.

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