Cattle producers invited to Casino forum on new research

CATTLE producers from across the Northern Rivers are encouraged to attend a forum to help drive the future direction of levy-payer funded research, development and adoption programs.

The forum, on Thursday at Casino, is being held by the Northern NSW regional committee of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) as one of a series of Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) forums around Australia.

It will be an opportunity for the MLA to consult directly with sheepmeat and grassfed beef producer levy payers about priorities for 2017/18.

Chair of the Northern NSW regional committee of SAMRC, Tom Amey, said the regional consultation process would facilitate more targeted and relevant research, ultimately putting more money back into the pockets of producers from their transaction levies.

"For this process to be fully successful, we must have producer participation," Mr Amey said.

The forum will also hear from Rappville beef producer Roger Bailey, who will discuss how his winter forage strategy of using ryegrass and oats maintains his 500-cow breeding herd when his summer growing pastures are frosted.

Thursday's forum will be held at the Casino RSM Club, 162 Canterbury St, Casino. It is free to attend and runs from 9.15am until 3.10pm, with morning tea and lunch included.

Registration is essential by Wednesday, April 6.

Phone Tom Amey on 0429624909 or email ameyag@bigpond.net.au; Nathan Jennings on 0457989946 or nathan.jennings@lls.nsw.gov.au; or Bruce Lyle on 0419984544 or brucel@norco.com.au.



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