See­ing ag tech at work

Central and North Rural Weekly - - EKKA 2018 -

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.

PHO­TOS: SARAH COULTON

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).

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