Seeing ag tech at work
THE Gyranda Open Day has become an August institution for Theodore locals – and last Thursday 70 curious individuals ventured to Gyranda Santa Gertrudis Stud to see both innovative technology and the genetics it is helping to generate.
Roma based TBTS technical officer Tim Emery addressed attendees and gave them advice, which is freely available to all beef producers.
He suggested people map out where their herd is really at and where they wanted it to go in terms of reproductive performance and meeting market specifications.
Mr Emery also showcased readily available tools like the EBV percentile graph to make the bull buying process easier for producers.
Nick Corbet of CQU and Gregg Blatchly from Tru-Test introduced the next generation of walk over weighing systems and the two trials that are currently under
way at Gyranda.
Both trials seek to make the collection of hard to collect data, like birth date, easier and more accurate.
Improving the information that seedstock producers like Gyranda can provide for the bulls they sell.
The full line-up of 95 bulls being offered at the annual Gyranda sale on September 20 were on hand, and patrons enjoyed the barbecue lunch.
OPEN DAY SUCCESS: Peter and Nikki Mahony (Gyranda Santa Gertrudis Stud, Theodore) with some of their open day team which consisted of Richard Bainger (Victor Harbor, South Australia), Ian Webster, Constance Gouverneur (France), John Gray (UK), Julien Chauchard (France) and Margo Sullivan (Cave Creek Station, NT).
Darcy Knudsen (Mundubbera), Peter Williams and Bonnie Henderson (Eidsvold) and Jim Croner (Lone Pine, Eidsvold).
Cody Hansen and Kellie Pickersgill (Geneva, Theodore) with Paul Atfield (Gonyelinka, Theodore).
Jo McGuigan (Cree Santa Gertrudis, Thangool) and Albert Capel (NAB, Rockhampton).