Bred Well Fed Well

The inaugural Bred Well Fed Well workshop for the Australian Beef industry was held recently at Futurity Shorthorns, with a strong gathering of local breeders in attendance.

The workshops are delivered by Dr Jason Trompf and Rob Ingliss, Elders Production Services on behalf of MLA and follow on from the very successful Bred Well Fed Well workshops which have had a tremendously positive impact on the sheep industry in Australia.

A combination of theoretical and practical skills, the workshops contain 2 key components. The Bred Well component and the Fed Well component.

As part of the Bred Well component, presented by Dr Trompf, producers are given a sound understanding of key strategies to assist them to improve rates of genetic gain on farm including the use of visual and Breedplan applications for sire selection. Understanding MSA Indexes and the key drivers to improve the enterprises Index scores through genetic management were also part of the event. The culmination of the Bred Well component requires breeders to develop their own written breeding objective, suited to their specific requirements.

During the Fed Well component, Rob Ingliss explains the importance of condition scoring breeding females and of ensuring that heifers achieve critical mating weight, to improve fertility in their herds, reduce dystocia and achieve tighter calving patterns.

The workshops are in-depth and challenging, however attendees felt that the workshop delivered practical skills and learning that will have an impact in their enterprises. Whilst the subjects covered are extensive and not every detail applies to every producer, there was something for all producers in the topics delivered. Understanding key drivers for genetic gain and carcass quality, along with the opportunity to maximise fertility and genetic improvement outcomes in the breeding herd, through improved nutritional management, provides producers with a very strong basis for production in their breeding enterprises.

Further workshops are planned for next week with Yamburgan Shorthorns, Royalla Shorthorns and Trojon and Roselle Park Shorthorns all holding events on property.

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About Shorthorn

The Shorthorn breed is truly unique, from their distinctive roan colour, to their rich breed history and most importantly, the wonderful community of breeders, there is nothing else quite like a Shorthorn.

The key to the Shorthorn breeds advantage lies in their balanced genetic profile, driven by market participation that has been developed and refined, after more than 200 years of genetic selection under Australian conditions.

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