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​Building a better cow

‘Building a better cow’ was the subject of a new one-day workshop held at Muresk Institute this month.

The workshop was a prime example of how Muresk Institute continues to bring the best industry knowledge to WA to advance the local industry.

Presenters Dr Enoch Bergman and Dr Cliff Lamb shared their knowledge and expertise with more than 45 people, including students studying agriculture and vet nursing at Muresk Institute and cattle producers from across the State.

Dr Bergman is a partner at Swans Veterinary Services in Esperance and Dr Lamb is Head of Department of Animal Science at Texas A&M University. Together they have many years’ experience in the production of commercial livestock in both Australia and USA.

Muresk Institute Senior Project Officer Jim McMahon said the workshop went exceptionally well, with presenters and students thoroughly enjoying the day.

“It was great to have an international speaker here,” he said. “It went so well the presenters were keen to come back.”
The workshop focused on specific areas of beef production including breeding strategies to improve herd structure and ways to optimise kilograms of beef per hectare. Strategies to reduce calving problems and successfully deliver calves were also discussed.

“Dr Bergman and Dr Lamb have dedicated their lives to helping producers generate more profit without sacrificing animal welfare,” Mr McMahon said. “Their ideas can lead to improvements in efficiency and productivity at any level of beef production.”