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Published: 18 Oct 2022

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Researchers from the Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture (TIA) presented at the Growing Beef from Dairy national conference, which was held in Melbourne on 15 September 2022.

The conference provided farmers, researchers, service providers and supply chain stakeholders an opportunity to focus on beef production from the dairy herd. Presenters included a range of speakers on local and global policy and market updates, the latest research insights, beef on dairy breeding strategies, supply chain opportunities and more.

Dr Megan Verdon is a Senior Research Fellow and leads TIA’s animal production and welfare research group. Megan’s research supports livestock systems seeking to manage challenges relating to the resource base, that is, the people, environment and animals involved.

She presented at the conference about raising calves on a grain-free pellet and shared results from a recent on-farm trial that investigated the effects of a commercial grain-free starter pellet (based on fava bean) compared to a commercial grain pellet. Watch the presentation by Megan Verdon here.

Dr Karen Christie is a whole-farm systems modeler at TIA with more than 30 years experience in agricultural research. Her particular field of expertise is around greenhouse gas mitigation and climate change adaptations for the Australian dairy and red meat industries.

Karen presented about carbon accounting and dairy beef, sharing recent work to estimate the greenhouse gas emissions per kg of dairy beef meat and what this means for farmers. Watch the presentation by Karen Christie here.