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The Science & Art of Trading Cattle

By posted 27-05-2024 13:19


A wise person said that the average rainfall of north-west NSW is a flood plus a drought, divided by two. How do you manage your stocking rates under these conditions?

AHN Consulting’s Dr Jillian Kelly plans to help the region’s graziers with their planning and business decisions, at the Science & Art of Trading Cattle forum in Coonamble on June 4-5.

Ag360 will have a stand at the physical event, and you will be able to hear more about from Professor Lewis Kahn, either in person or via the virtual screening.

“We’ve had strong interest from all over eastern Australia, are we’re very excited to be bringing this event to producers this year with a line-up of speakers who will take you from the paddock to the feedlot and beyond,” Dr Kelly said.

“Trading cattle is never risk free, but there are some things that producers can better understand to help mitigate some risk. Things like how to calculate and weigh up the economics of the trade, how to induct cattle so that they stay healthy and productive on farm, how to maximise growth rates, and how to produce cattle that the feedlot or slaughter market wants as a priority.”

Dr Kelly said north-west NSW had seen lower breeder cattle numbers in the last 20-30 years, and more trade stock in the area.

“This is a response to climate variability and the need to manage stocking rates in boom and bust years,” she said.

The Science & Art of Trading Cattle is supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries & Forestry as part of its Support Regional Trade Events Program.

If you’re interested, you can either attend in person, or via a livestream option. Book your tickets at:

Speakers in 2024 include Stephen Bignell (MLA), John Francis (Agrista), Keith Hammond (JBS), Dr Jillian Kelly, Dr Paul Cusack (ALPS), Professor Lewis Kahn (UNE and, and producer case studies from Jack Brennan (Paraway Pastoral Co), Angus and David Chadwick (Coonamble Feedlot) and Luke Giblin (Erdavale).

The event will be held at the Coonamble Bowling Club on June 4-5, with all meals and the self-drive field trip included in the ticket price. For those who can’t be in Coonamble, this year’s event features a livestream option, so you can watch from anywhere in Australia.

AHN ran a similar event for sheep producers in 2023, and 95% of participants said that they would use the information they learned. The 2024 workshop, a two-day event, will be practical, relevant and informative with an excellent line up of speakers and are featuring case studies from producers who are currently trading livestock.

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30-05-2024 13:11

Thank you for sharing!

This has been added to our events calendar here: