The 2017 #GrowAngus Pre-Conference Tour was held on the 17th of May, preceding the #GrowAngus National Conference held in Ballarat Victoria on the 18th and 19th of May.
Seventeen particpants joined the Angus Youth hosted tour and visited Murdeduke Agriculture at Winchelsea and Genetics Australia at Bacchus Marsh.
Whilst at Murdeduke Agriculture delegates were lucky enough to get an incredible insight into the Murdeduke pig production system which produces pork for the well-known branded product – Otway Pork.
Having the ability to see a certified outdoor bred, sustainable, integrative production system was truly fascinating and an opportunity that those on the tour valued.
Participants also had the opportunity to learn about the stud cattle, lamb and cropping production systems in place at Murdeduke. As well as gain an insight into their individual operational structures and how they integrate into one enterprise.
A selection of Angus heifers were penned and available for participants to view whilst enjoying the morning tea that was provided by Murdeduke.
On arriving at Genetics Australia, the tour heard from Nigel Semmens on the beef products and services offered by Genetics Australia, Megan Beca on the processes and challenges involved with the export of semen and Anthony Shelly on the Genetics Australia business model.
Participants then had the opportunity to view the processes involved in collecting a bull, analysing the semen and then the storage and shipping of the semen. This was a unique opportunity and one that all participants on the tour appreciated.
A sincere thanks must go to all staff at both Murdeduke and Genetics Australia for their willingness to share their knowledge and business systems with all who attended the tour, it was very much appreciated.
Pictured above: #GrowAngus Pre Conference tour participants visited Murdeduke Agriculture at Winchelsea Vic.
Feature image: #GrowAngus Pre Conference tour participants out the front of Genetics Australia at Bacchus March Vic.