#GrowAngus speaker spotlights

April 19, 2017 9:33 am

Sophia Edwards from Vetoquinol and Ramesh Segaran from the University of Adelaide will be speaking during the #GrowAngus National Conference on May 18th and 19th in Ballarat Vic.

Sophia Edwards, Vetoquinol – ‘Advancements in management of assisted reproduction programs in Angus Cattle’

Sophia joined Vetoquinol Australia in November 2014, after completing her PhD and postdoctoral fellowship at The University of Queensland. Her research, funded by MLA and supported by Vetoquinol was focused on improving the management and understanding of FTAI in northern beef production herds. During this time Sophia consulted to various Dairy and Beef herds to assist in improving their reproductive management. Recently, Sophia completed a Masters of Business Administration to enhance her skills in this field. Having grown up on a commercial and seed stock beef operation she has an in depth understanding of the daily activities involved in livestock enterprises. With her background her aim is to build the bridge between the deep scientific understanding of reproduction in livestock, and the business aspects of livestock enterprises acknowledging that all activities are aimed at turning a profit. Sophia has a track record of improving and solving reproductive issues within livestock herds. Sophia has provided advice in the management of the FTAI programs for the Angus Sire Benchmarking Project since its inception.

Ramesh Segaran, University of Adelaide – ‘Drones – Opportunities and Challenges in Australian Agriculture’

Ramesh is the Deputy Director of Research at the Unmanned Research Aircraft Facility (URAF). URAF is a research group in the University of Adelaide which focuses on the use of drones for conservation and agriculture. The common thread that runs throughout Ramesh’s career has been GIS and remote sensing. This hasn’t changed since joining URAF in 2015, but is focused on democratising the data collection, processing and analysis with new and exciting technologies.