Don't miss the upcoming Repro360 webinar, presented by Shane Thomson of Holbrook Vet Centre! "Managing a High Fertility Beef Herd" will discuss fertility by demonstrating how to understand and assess average calving dates (ACD), how this index can be used to analyse and benchmark performance, and how to mitigate risk.
It will be live on June 26th at 6.30PM AEST
About the webinar:
Fertility is a significant driver of profitability in extensive beef breeding enterprises – but how do we define fertility, what are the benefits of fertility, and are there any associated risks? This presentation will look to define fertility by demonstrating how to understand and assess average calving dates (ACD) and how this index can be used to analyse and benchmark performance. As managers of beef enterprises have become more educated and experienced with time, many have increased their profitability by pursuing high fertility, and the benefits have come in spades. We will discuss how this high performance is associated with the potential for higher risk, and what MANAGEMENT options are available to mitigate this risk, to ensure long term profitability.
About Shane Thomson:
Shane is a veterinarian and partner at the Holbrook veterinary centre (HVC). HVC has a strong focus on production and breeding services to the beef industry. We service the artificial breeding requirements of both seedstock and commercial producers Australia-wide; including artificial insemination (AI), embryo transfer (ET), bull fertility examinations and ultrasound pregnancy diagnosis. In addition to HVC’s on-farm reproduction services, we also run a specialised artificial breeding centre (managing donors for embryo production) and large-scale recipient herd. HVC also provides production-based advice involving animal health programs and on-farm consultancy services.
Shane completed his veterinary training at Charles Sturt University (CSU) in Wagga Wagga, NSW and is currently undertaking a Masters in whole farm veterinary consultancy through the Fred Morley centre at CSU. This degree focuses on the analysis of the farm system as a whole and the provision of sustainable, economically viable production advice. In addition to Shane’s role at HVC he also maintains a strong connection with the realities of beef cattle production through his commercial cattle enterprise that he manages with his wife Caity and two sons.