Visiting US Scientist to speak at UNE on Cattle Feed Efficiency

Published 15 March 2013

On Wednesday 27 March, Assistant Professor Daniel Shike, from the University of Illinois, will visit the University of New England to present a guest lecture on US feed efficiency research, with an emphasis on practical outcomes for improvement in production efficiency in the cow herd and feedlot yard.

Local cattle producers in particular are encouraged to attend the informal lecture, which will focus on “Key findings of North American beef feed efficiency studies”, a topic of  benefit to researchers and cattle producers seeking to improve feed efficiency in their herd.

Dr Shike is in Australia as a guest judge of cattle at the Royal Easter Show and is visiting UNE at the invitation of the NSW Department of Primary Industries, the New England branch of the Australian Society of Animal Production and the Angus Society of Australia.

Following the free lecture, attendees will have the opportunity to inspect the new beef cattle chambers on the UNE campus. With 10 chambers, it is the biggest facility in the world for studying methane greenhouse-gas burped out by beef cattle.

The talk will be held on Wednesday 27 March 2013, at 1pm in the Animal Science Lecture Theatre, located upstairs in the NSW DPI Beef Industry Centre, on the UNE campus.

Please contact Robert Herd, 02 6770 1808 and robert.herd@dpi.nsw.gov.au, for further information.