A comprehensive lineup of speakers, displays and on-farm trial plots will await guests at a cattleman information day in Cardwell on May 27.
The day is being hosted by David and Jean Bridgeman, who run a Santa Gertrudis stud on their property, Morbridge.
This is the third information day hosted by the Bridgemans, who moved to Cardwell in 2010 after a lifetime in the Clermont region.
Mr Bridgeman said the day was generally well attended, with up to 60 people, and was designed to give local producers access to experts and information.
Russell Gray from the Santa Gertrudis Association will open the day at 8.30am, with an address on herd selection.
He will be followed by Dr Graham Lauridsen, a senior veterinarian from Tropical Vet Services, who will speak on local diseases and toxic plants of interest to cattle producers in tropical North Queensland.
Dr Ced Wise will present a session on the comparison of the reproductive teghnologies used in cows, and will also semen test two bulls.
A Rabobank representative will update guests on overseas markets and their impact on Australia. Peter Crowley and Sam Spina from the QRRA will speak on a young farmers scheme.
Seasol International’s Rick Keen will talk about a current farm trial onsite using PastureMasta while Nick Matthews, Nufarm Australia, will detail what’s being done to combat navua sedge.
Morning tea, lunch and a raffle will be available, with all proceeds to go to the Kennedy State School P&F Association.
To RSVP for the day, please contact David Bridgeman on 0488 791 790.
See here for a detailed overview of the day.