august 2020

thu27aug9:00 am1:30 pmEvent OverLivestock Field Day

Event Details

This field day was made possible with the support of our project, research and delivery partners:


Summer crops how to | Chris Brown, Corteva and Dean Eastwood, Killanoola

This session will give you the opportunity to tackle the biggest issues with summer crops; how to deal with pests and weeds, how to make sure crops are safe to graze, which varieties to choose and how to make sure your crop performs well. Our speakers will be part of a panel discussion, allowing you the chance to ask your questions and learn from their experiences.

Chris has been employed with Corteva Agriscience for the past 19 years and his current job title is Customer Technology Specialist. This role involves liaising with Corteva R&D, marketing and sales teams to deliver information to customers on new and developing products. I have lived in Stirling in the Adelaide Hills for the past 24 years after spending the earlier part of my life in the South East of South Australia.

Dean is a farmer, and has been managing South Killanoola at Bool Lagoon for CC Seymour and Co for the past 7 years. Prior to this, Dean managed a dairy farm in West Gippsland and has a long history in pasture and grazing management.

Feeding weaner cattle | Meg Bell, MFMG

This session will update you on the ‘Post weaning management strategies for beef herds’ project, funded by MLA. This will include the latest results from summer/autumn 2019/2020, and an outlook for the project for the next 3 years.

Meg is the CEO of MFMG and runs Coleraine Livestock Consulting with her partner Owen. Meg trained as a livestock consultant in health and nutrition, and comes from a beef and cropping property at Millicent. Meg loves all things farming and animals, and aims to provide accessible information for farmers to adopt research on farm that will help them to become more sustainable and profitable.

Making the most of ewe lambs | Sean McGrath, Millicent Veterinary Clinic; Caroline Jacobson and Tom Clune, Murdoch University

This session will update you on the ‘Reducing foetal and lamb losses in young ewes’ project, funded by MLA. You’ll get an update on the when and why of lamb losses for maiden ewes, and learn what you can do to optimise the reproductive performance of your youngest ewes.

Sean is a veterinarian and graduated from CSU Wagga Wagga in 2010. He grew up in Millicent and now he and his wife Sarah run the Millicent Veterinary Clinic, a family business for 35 years. His aim for veterinary services is to provide practical advice to increase farm production and profit.

Caroline has worked in private veterinary practices in WA and the UK, and has nearly 20 years experience in research focused on sheep health and production.

Tom is a veterinarian who has spent the past 2.5 years working on this project, investigating abortion and lamb mortalities in Australian sheep.

Beetles with benefits | Claire Dennerley, PIRSA Rural Solutions

Claire’s session will give you a rundown on the ‘Dung Beetles: Ecosystem Engineers’ project, which is in its first year of monitoring. Claire will explain how the project works, and what she’s been doing to help quantify the types of dung beetles and their activity in the South East.

Claire is passionate and motivated by opportunities to interact and partner with producers on a diversity of projects. From soil to livestock, dung beetles to bees, geology to politics, her experience has positioned her as a can-do all-rounder, who is keen to learn and share to facilitate considered change.

This project is supported by Meat and Livestock Australia, through funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Water and the Environment as part of its Rural R&D for Profit program.

Production limiting animal health issues in the South East | Sean McGrath, Millicent Veterinary Clinic

Sean’s session will cover animal health issues and diseases that limit production in South Australia’s South East region, based on commonly seen disease scenarios, and common issues that the Millicent Veterinary Clinic is asked to supply advice on.

Gadgets for grazing | Flic Turner, MFMG

Flic’s session will look at the National Landcare Program funded project, ‘Building the resilience and profitability of cropping and grazing farmers in the high rainfall zone of Southern Australia’, and show how this project is assisting with recalibrating Pastures from Space utilising local pasture measurements, expanding the soil moisture probe and weather station network across the region and pulling all of this information together to allow for improved decision making on farm.

Felicity Turner graduated from Adelaide Uni with a Bachelor of Agricultural Science in the mid 1990’s. Since then she has been working with farmers across the greater South East region in a number of roles. More recently, she has been managing projects to assist farmers across the region in assessing and implementing new and existing technologies. Felicity is passionate about sustainable and profitable agricultural systems and assisting farm businesses in achieving their individual goals.

This project is supported by MacKillop Farm Management Group through funding from the Australian Government’s National Landcare Program.


(Thursday) 9:00 am - 1:30 pm

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Livestock Field Day

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