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Time running out to register for Sheep CRC conference

Thursday 19th of June 2014

Time is running out for sheep producers and industry stakeholders to secure their seat at the Sheep CRC’s Concept to Impact Conference, to be held in Adelaide in just over a fortnight’s time.

The conference will showcase the practical tools and technology developed over the last seven years by the Cooperative Research Centre for Sheep Industry Innovation (Sheep CRC) in the areas of genetics and genomics, wool and meat quality, sheep management, and education and training.

It will also mark the formal beginning of the Sheep CRC’s new research agenda for the next five years, which will tackle industry issues including animal well-being, valuing eating quality in the meat supply chain, and delivering cheaper and more accurate DNA tests for a wider range of traits and breeds.

"This is a must-attend event for producers and industry service providers to not only be brought up to date on the Sheep CRC’s latest findings, but to participate from the outset in discussions about the next phase of our research," Sheep CRC CEO James Rowe said.

"The conference will focus on the practical tools the CRC has delivered which industry can continue to use for years to come, with the proceedings to be in the form of Practical Wisdom Notes and Case Studies designed to provide information to sheep producers in a format that will be easy to put into practice."

Speakers at the Concept to Impact Conference will include the Hon. Bob Baldwin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Industry; Natalie Skubel, Country Road Australia; genomics researchers Julius van der Werf and Stephen Lee; farm advisers Debbie Milne and Nathan Scott; and leading producers Andrew Michael and Murray Long.

Topics to be covered include how to use new DNA testing in state-of-the-art breeding programs; how the new Wool ComfortMeter and Wool HandleMeter will impact the market for different types of wool; and how to optimise both lean meat yield and meat eating quality through genetic selection and on-farm management.

Operating as part of the Federal Department of Industry’s CRC program, the Sheep CRC is a collaboration of industry, government and the commercial sector. It is working to increase the productivity and profitability of the industry through adoption of new technologies in both the meat and wool supply chains.

The Sheep CRC Conference, ‘Concept to Impact’, will be held on 9 July (separate to but immediately prior to LambEx) at the Hotel Grand Chancellor, Adelaide. Registration is $50. The conference program and registration form is available at www.sheepcrc.org.au

Media registrations are available by contacting Janelle Holzberger, (02) 6773 2927, or emailing janelle.holzberger@sheepcrc.org.au




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