Leading Breeder Conference
19th and 20th February, Bendigo
The second annual conference will be held on the 19th and 20th February at the All Seasons Hotel in Bendigo.
The conference runs from 12pm on Tuesday until 1pm Wednesday. There will also be a BBQ dinner on the Tuesday night with guest speaker Tom Gubbins Manager of Te Mania Angus.
Places are filling up fast, to ensure you dont miss out be sure to book your seat by clicking on the image to the left.
MLA and AWI Sheepmeat and Wool Survey
The 2013 survey is now available for breeders to complete, responses need to be submitted prior to 28th February 2013.
The questionnaire has been designed to provide key estimates of sheepmeat and wool production information that are required for sheep and wool forecasting, which is particularly important now with the recent deterioration in seasonal conditions.
The results of the survey will be contained in a Sheepmeat survey report that will be available on the MLA website, individual responses will remain strictly confidential. All respondees will be entered into the draw to win a Caltex StarCash Card worth $1000. Please click the link below to complete the survey.
Lamb Survey 2013
Peter Westblade Scholarship
The Peter Westblade Scholarship has been designed and developed for up and coming young people interested in a career in the Australian sheep industry. Now entering its second year, the Peter Westblade Scholarship will provide cash and in-kind support of up to the value of $10,000 over a 12 month period.
The Peter Westblade Scholarship aims to assist with the provision of practical skills training, mentoring and establishment of industry networks for young people who are passionate about the sheep and wool industry and aspire to have a career in this dynamic industry.
Applications are welcome from young people involved with any level of the industry, from the farm to all the sectors that provide services or research to the sheep industry.
For further information please click on the following link.
Departure of Rob Banks from MLA
After 25 years with MLA and its predecessor organisations Rob Banks has accepted the position as Director of the Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit (AGBU) based at UNE. AGBU is a joint unit of UNE and NSW DPI with the role of applying the science of genetics to Australia's livestock industries.
Rob has held a number of positions within MLA including - Project Manager - Sheep Genetics R&D; Project Manager - Genetics R&D; Program Manager - Southern Australia; and Manager - R&D Strategy and Evaluation, as well as Acting GM for LPI.
Over the last 25 years, accurate genetic evaluation has formed the basis of a massive increase in productivity in the meat sheep industry. Demand by producers of sheep for both wool and meat has led to the technology being applied to wool breeds as well as meat. Under Rob's leadership, this system was merged with other genetic evaluation systems for wool sheep into "Sheep Genetics" in 2001. Sheep Genetics is now responsible for the genetic evaluation of all sheep breeds in Australia, and is responsible for international genetic evaluation of many breeds. AGBU plays key roles in the ongoing development and delivery of Sheep Genetics.
More recently, and in response to rapid advances in genomic technologies over the last five years, Rob has led the development of Information Nucleus flocks and herds. Intensive recording of performance in these populations will help maximise the returns from investing in genetic testing.
In addition, Rob has represented MLA on the Boards of Sheep and Future Farm Industries CRC, as well as Steering Committees of collaborative programs such as Grain and Graze and the Climate Change Adaptation in Southern Livestock Industries, and has played an important role in the development of our R&D strategy for pasture improvement.
On behalf of all Rob's colleagues and friends within and outside of MLA, that he has interacted with over the last 25 years, We would like to thank him for his contribution to the management of all the R&D programs and projects he has been involved with.
Rob will leave a lasting legacy with MLA, including the recently completed Beef and Sheep Genetics and Genomics strategy that will set the foundations for next phase of RD&E. We congratule Rob on his appointment and wishing him all the best for his new role.