Red meat producers wishing to be part of the Producer Tours on offer at Red Meat 2018 in Canberra should register quickly as places are limited and filling fast.
Two separate producer tours will run on Thursday, 22 November, providing a rare opportunity for red meat producers to visit some of the district’s leading properties and see innovative farming systems in action.
Producer Tour 1: Genetics, feedbase and eating quality – Yass district
Morning program – Ravenswood Station (part of Cavan Station group)
Visit Ravenswood Station, part of Cavan Station group and home of the renowned Bogo Merino Stud.
Across the nine property aggregation, the business specialises in producing the highest quality Merino sheep, wool, lamb and beef utilising sustainable management systems.
Cavan Station’s vision is to supply superior commodities to the environmentally conscious consumer.
Afternoon program – Alloura Angus Stud
Visit Alloura Angus Stud, a family owned operation breeding stud registered black Angus cattle under commercial conditions to meet domestic and export market demands
The Wales family are harnessing genetics to produce functional, structurally sound cattle with high calving ease and superior carcase attributes.
They utilise objective performance data, benchmarking and genomic testing to produce genetics that enable commercial producers to grow beef of exceptional eating quality.
Producer Tour 2: Provenance, marketing and meeting customer needs – Boorowa district
Morning program – Gooramma Poll Dorsets
Visit Gooramma Poll Dorsets, the fourth largest Poll Dorset stud in Australia, supplying seedstock to domestic and international markets and lamb to the major supermarket chains.
Founded by James Corcoran in 1970, Gooramma has a strong commercial focus and utilises genetic programs in conjunction with DNA-marker technology.
James’ innovative production system utilises tools including electronic identification, objective measurement and automatic drenching.
Afternoon program – ‘Hanaminno’
Visit ‘Hanaminno’, where Charlie Arnott’s family have bred and grown Shorthorn cattle and Merino and Dorset sheep for nearly 50 years.
Charlie believes in the importance of customers knowing where and how their food is produced, and is passionate about connecting the consumer to the producer.
The business uses biodynamic and organic production principles to manage its soils, pastures and livestock. They also host Biodynamic training days and workshops at Hanaminno and are advocates of regenerative farming practices.
The Arnotts supply their 100% grassfed product to various butchers in Sydney, as well as direct to local families.
The two tours will run concurrently, so producers are encouraged to read the program of each and register for the tour most relevant to their business.
Buses will depart from the Red Meat 2018 venue, Hotel Realm at 7.00am, returning by 5.00pm.
Registration is essential by 13 November 2018, however places are limited and filling fast, so to find out more information and secure your place, please click here.
Red Meat 2018 is the industry’s flagship event, held in Canberra from 20-23 November. To find out more, visit www.redmeat.mla.com.au.