It’s time to register for Red Meat Updates 2021!

We are excited to bring the Tasmanian red meat industry together for a day of learning and networking and are happy to announce that registrations for Red Meat Updates are now open!

The program for 2021 is packed full of interesting speakers and topics, with presenters coming from across Australia and plenty of locals as well. The theme for the 2021 conference is ‘profit-driven decisions for the future‘ and presentations will incorporate a particular focus on decision making to ensure business profitability and sustainability for oncoming years.

For more information on the 2021 event and to register visit

January Livestock Health Monitoring Report now available!

The January Livestock Health Monitoring Report is now available!

This report outlines various health issues seen in flocks and herds across Tasmania in January 2021.

Good surveillance and early action on suspicion of a disease outbreak can limit the damage. There has been presence of virulent foot rot observed this month in a sheep breeding operation, the most likely source being being a ram from a clean stud on the mainland transported to Tasmania via commercial livestock transport. With quick, decisive action and effective treatment administered, this outbreak should have limited impact on the operation. More details are outlined in the report under ‘biosecurity story of the month’.

If you would like more information on this project, please contact coordinator, Dr Bruce Jackson on 0407 872 520 or

Further reading
For farm biosecurity plans, animal health declarations and information on biosecurity practices see:

• Report any suspicion of an Emergency Animal Disease to the Hotline on 1800 675 888
• Never feed animal protein such as meat meal to any ruminant including sheep.
• Use NVDs and NLIS tags properly so that animals can be ‘contact traced’ quickly if there is an outbreak of an Emergency Animal Disease.

Vibriosis (campylobacter) infection in cattle in Tasmania

Article author: Dr Bruce Jackson, independent veterinary consultant

“Vibriosis has been diagnosed in a number of beef and dairy herds in Tasmania recently and the impact of this disease can be severe. In one case, about a quarter of pregnancy tested in-calf cows in a large herd did not calve and three other herds that received cattle from that herd also experienced pregnancy loss. There is also a very serious financial impact associated with this disease.”

If you would like further information on vibriosis infection in cattle please refer to the Tasmanian Livestock Health Monitoring Reports or consult your veterinarian.

November and December Livestock Health Monitoring Reports now available!

After a successful pilot project the Livestock Health Monitoring program will continue to produce a monthly report on livestock diseases and conditions that have been observed by rural service providers across Tasmania. This program is designed to keep livestock producers and rural service providers up to date on what livestock diseases and conditions are currently occurring in Tasmania. This should mean earlier diagnosis, more effective treatment and better prevention of future outbreaks.

The Livestock Health Monitoring program is funded by Animal Health Australia (with support from Sheep Producers Australia and Wool Producers Australia) and by DPIPWE. Private veterinarians coordinate the project. If you would like more information on this project please contact Dr Bruce Jackson on 0407 872 520 or

Red Meat Updates 2020 postponed to Friday, 23 July 2021

Red Meat_header_plain - CopyDue to the current circumstances around COVID-19, and uncertainty about gatherings for the foreseeable future, Red Meat Updates scheduled for 24 July 2020 has been postponed to Friday, 23 July 2021.

Although disappointing, the working group are viewing this as an opportunity to build on our current plans for the event and ensure that RMU returns in 2021 with a stand out program and lots of opportunity for networking.

Since its establishment in 2013, Red Meat Updates has grown to be the premier red meat industry event in Tasmania and a highlight in the industry calendar. We would like to thank all attendees and sponsors for their continued support of Red Meat Updates, and look forward to seeing you at a stand out event in 2021.

The RMU working group encourage you to save the date now for Red Meat Updates 2021 as it will be a day not to be missed.

Meanwhile, you can keep up to date with event planning and current industry news by following us on social media.

Facebook – Red Meat Updates – Tasmania
Twitter – @redmeatupdates

Save the date 2021


There’s still time to sponsor Red Meat Updates 2020!

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Sponsorship packages are flying out the door but there’s still time to make sure your business is represented at the eighth annual Red Meat Updates!

This event consistently attracts over 350 Tasmanian red meat industry members and gives you and your business the opportunity to network directly with Tasmanian sheep and cattle producers.

We have 4 sponsorship packages still available:

  • Major sponsor
  • Profitable futures session sponsor
  • Peak industry body sponsor
  • networking drinks sponsor
  • Conference bag sponsor

A full overview of what’s included in each package can be viewed in our 2020 sponsorship prospectus here.

Download the sponsorship registration form here

If you would like more information regarding sponsorship opportunities or have any questions, please contact Sarah on 0408 340 074 or at


Murdoch University maiden ewe reproduction survey

Calling on sheep producers who scan for multiple lambs and manage ewe lambs/maiden ewes separately during the lambing period – we need your help!

Murdoch University PhD candidate Elise Bowen is conducting a survey to better understand current sheep reproductive rates across Australia. This study forms part of a larger project, funded by Meat & Livestock Australia that is looking at improving the reproductive performance of ewes joined as lambs and hoggets.

The key benefit from this study to farm businesses will be a set of benchmarks to compare the reproductive performance of your sheep against regional and national targets.

Survey respondents will be asked to provide some information about the characteristics of their sheep flocks and scanning rates as well as some data on the number of lambs present at lambing.

Please read the instructions carefully, no questions are compulsory to answer. Please email the completed survey to

The final report and publications from this project will not identify any individuals or businesses participating in the study. Any records that identify you or your business will be stored securely and not shared without your consent.

Download an electronic copy of the survey here.

For further information on this project, call Caroline Jacobson (0418 953 173) or Serina Hancock (0403 570 823).

Thank you for your support and contribution.


Merino x lambs - Adult singles mob

Photo: Georgia McCarthy 

Sponsorship opportunities available for Red Meat Updates 2020

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Sponsorship opportunities for Red Meat Updates 2020 are now available!

Red Meat Updates (RMU) is Tasmania’s premier red meat industry event, consistently attracting over 350 attendees each year. RMU provides a platform for producers, advisors, researchers and industry stakeholders to come together to network and learn. With red meat producers making up 70% of attendees, there is no other forum in Tasmania where you will see such a large number of producers in one place.

Take up of  sponsorship packages has been very strong this year, if you are interested in sponsoring Red Meat Updates for 2020 please get in touch early so you don’t miss out on your preferred option.*

View the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsorship prospectus here.
Download the 2020 Red Meat Updates sponsor registration form here.

The eighth annual Red Meat Updates event will be held on Friday, 24 July 2020.
Keep up to date with Red Meat Updates event planning by following us on social media;

For more information on sponsorship opportunities contact our sponsorship coordinator Sarah Churchill at or on 0408 340 074.

*Please note that sponsorship packages will be awarded on a first in, first served basis.


Thank you for attending Red Meat Updates 2019

A big thank you to everyone who attended Red Meat Updates 2019 on Friday, July 26!

We had an overwhelming response to this year’s event, with 350 producers and industry members attending on the day and tickets selling out in just 10 days.

On behalf of the Red Meat Updates working group, we would like to thank everyone who attended, and  hope you thoroughly enjoyed your day. We would also like to extend a big thank you to all of our 2019 sponsors, without their support this event would not be the success that it is.

Revisit RMU 2019

The Red Meat Updates website has now been updated with information from the 2019 event. You can revisit presentations from the day and view the 2019 Virtual Farm Tour, along with photos from the day here.

If you would like to Take the Next Step in your business and improve your:

  • Grazing management
  • Business management
  • Livestock management

We have collated a list of tools and resources and upcoming programs which you may be interested in. They can be found here.

Keep up to date!

To keep up to date with current industry news and Red Meat Updates 2020 development, follow us on social media

  • Twitter: @redmeatupdates
  • Facebook: Red Meat Updates – Tasmania
  • #RedMeatUpdates

Thank you again and we hope to see you at Red Meat Updates 2020!

Working group photo July 2019