Workshop on better beef production and profit

TERRI RUSSELL
Last updated 11:53 01/05/2013

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Improving beef production and profit will be the focus of a workshop in Winton next week.

Beef + Lamb NZ and Performance Beef Breeders NZ are delivering a "Better Beef Cow" workshop in Southland as part of a series of workshops throughout the country next month.

Southern South Island extension manager Paul McCauley said the interactive workshop would provide information to farmers about the best suited cows for their farming operation.

The workshop would look at ways to select bulls and choose which are kept as cows, to increase production and farm profit, he said.

No more than 30 bookings would be accepted to ensure the event was interactive and farmers could have their questions answered, he said.

The relationship between body composition and calving rate, and the effect of feeding and nutrition on weaner production would be discussed.

Farmers would also learn about the beef class structural assessment system and do practical cattle-scoring exercises.

Winton farmer Barry Macdonald will host the event and guest speakers include Australian beef experts Wayne Pitchford and Bob Dent.

The workshop will be held on May 6 from 9am to 3.30pm at the intersection of McFetridge, Ballyhooley and Hamilton roads, Oreti, Winton. Bookings are limited.

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- The Southland Times

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