2017 Wet Season Workshop – Rangers Valley

On 22-23 March we held our 2nd Feedlot Workshop at Glen Innes, NSW on Wet Season management. Despite the location being a bit further away than last years, we had a great turn out. Thank you to all those that made the journey down and we hope you all gained some valuable insight to feedlot management.  Thank you also to our sponsors Bell Vet & Zimpro. We were lucky enough to have international guests from the PAC group being Dr Kip Lukasiewicz, Nebraska USA and Ted Howard.

Day 1 was a Horsemanship clinic with the morning session consisting of an insightful stockmanship demonstration from Ted Howard demonstrating how to best approach training with a variety of different horses. In the afternoon, Ted took a small group on horseback into pens to work hands on with the cattle. In conjunction with this, Dr Lachy Strohfeldt ran a hands-on horse dentistry workshop demonstrating different problems that can arise in a horses mouth and how to best manage them. Dr Kip Lukasiewicz also ran a cattle handling demonstration in the inductions sheds where participants were able to work one on one with Kip in the bud box moving cattle into the race.

In the evening attendees gathered for pre-dinner drinks and canapes followed by a steak dinner with locally sourced grain-fed beef and wine provided by Ballendene wines.

On Day 2, participants rotated through four workshops. Session 1 was a hands-on hoof management presentation with Dean Fry from Zinpro showcasing hoof ailments on cadaver feet and live animals using the trimming table. Session 2 was a pen maintenance presentation with Rod Davis from Ostwald Bros who demonstrated different types of materials for pen floors and how to best manage pens in wet weather including pre-season management and fixing broken pen surfaces. Session 3 was held by Michelle Dever from Coopers Animal Health and provided participants with insight into parasites and best control measures. The final session saw Dr Kip once again work with attendees in the induction shed demonstrating best cattle handling techniques whilst Dr Kev Sullivan worked with a group in the holding yards demonstrating the best methods for calmly moving cattle out of pens and through laneways.

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