MerinoLink & MaiaGrazing Hosted Seminar
When: Wednesday, 30 October, 10am – 2pm
Where: Mercure Hotel Wagga Wagga
Join industry leaders, Phil Graham, Bart Davidson, Matt Crozier & Justin Borevitz to discuss decision making in dry times, seasonal outlook and maintaining genetics in a reducing herd.
About the speakers
Phil is a pasture and livestock technical specialist based at Yass. Phil’s working career has included time in the cotton, dairy and textile industries with 30 years spent with the NSW Department Primary Industries. Phil now runs his own advisory business.
As a consultant for over 15 years across a diverse range of farming operations, Bart applies a system-based approach, relying on principle, to work with and train land managers in the development of and reporting to farm nutrient management plans. Bart’s experience spans throughout the agriculture sector, from low input certified organic systems through to high input, intensive dairy and irrigated cotton and grains.
Justin Borevitz obtained his PhD in 2002 from the University of California at San Diego with Joanne Chory dissecting the genetic basis of adaptive traits and environmental response in model plants. He performed postdoctoral research with Joseph Ecker (2002-2004) at the Salk Institute mapping plant functional genomic diversity. From 2004 until 2011 he was an assistant and associate professor in the Department of Ecology and Evolution at the University of Chicago. Research first demonstrated Genome Wide Association Studies in plants and next generation sequencing in emerging crop and foundation species. In 2012, Borevitz moved to ANU and became Professor in 2014. His current work within the Centre of Excellence in Plant Energy Biology is using Landscape Genomics to select the gene variants underlying adaptation to shifting climates and soils for restoration of global crops and woodlands.
Cavan Station, Yass
Matt is the General Manager of Cavan Station and Bogo Merino and Poll Merino Studs based at Yass. Cavan Station operates a large commercial flock of approx. 35,000 merino sheep joining around 15,000 ewes and a self-replacing Angus cattle herd of 1400 breeding cows. Bogo produces productive, commercially focused, balanced merino rams for an array of clients throughout NSW and VIC. Matt has been a member of MerinoLink for 7 years and is currently on the MerinoLink board and is passionate about promoting the merino industry as a profitable and rewarding enterprise and career choice.