#GrowAngus speaker spotlights

April 24, 2017 1:56 pm

Brad Hine from CSRIO and Liz Pearson from Angus Australia will be speaking during the #GrowAngus National Conference on May 18th and 19th in Ballarat Vic.

Brad Hine, CSRIO – ‘Measuring Immune Competence for Improved Animal Health’

Brad completed a PhD in Chemistry at the University of New England in 2008. Following his PhD, Brad completed two Postdoctoral appointments, the first at the University of Guelph, Veterinary College, Canada and the second at AgResearch, New Zealand, before returning to a Postdoctoral position at CSIRO in 2012. Brad now works as a Research Scientist with CSIRO based in Armidale, NSW and specialising in ruminant immunology.

Brad’s current research is focussed on developing methods to assess the immune competence of livestock and investigating how immune competence and other resilience traits, such as stress-coping ability and temperament, are linked and how together these traits influence an animal’s ability to cope with challenges posed by their production environment. Brad is currently part of the Phenomics team at CSIRO which specialise in developing methodologies to assess difficult to measure traits of significant economic importance to the livestock industries. Working under the guidance of Dr Ian Colditz, Brad recently completed a large MLA/CSIRO co-funded project aimed at developing methods to assess immune competence in beef cattle (B.STU.0244). As part of the project, Brad was fortunate to work with Angus Australia to immune competence test calves from the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program on co-operator herd farms. By working with Angus Australia, Brad was able to ensure that his research was industry relevant and that animals used in the study were representative of those currently in industry.

Liz Pearson, Angus Australia – ‘Making the Most of the Meat Market’

As the Commercial Development Manager at Angus Australia, Liz Pearson is responsible for Angus Australia’s most recent initiative, to develop greater engagement throughout the beef supply chain. Liz’s program will deliver collaborative programs with key beef supply chain participants that will generate value across the supply chain, in particular, for Angus Australia members. While the program’s initial phase has focused heavily on the feedlot and processing sectors, it will now move on to engage those across the agency sector and other service providers for beef production.

Liz’s area of expertise includes relationship and project management, animal health and productivity along with systems and logistics management over 13 years in the feedlot sector. Liz holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness from the University of New England. Liz has been involved in the commercial beef industry all her life, spending well over 20 years as an integral member of her family’s commercial Angus breeding and stock & station agency businesses.