Fantastic industry support for Red Meat Updates 2017!

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We would like to acknowledge and thank the organisations and businesses who have come on board to sponsor Red Meat Updates 2017.

We are six months out from the event and the vast majority of our sponsorship packages have been snapped up!  Click through the slides below to see who is supporting Tasmania’s red meat industry conference in 2017 or go to our sponsors page.

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If you are not already sponsoring this key industry event, we do have a few sponsorship options still available:

  • 1x Major sponsor – $10,000
  • 3x Networking drinks sponsors – $3,000
  • 4x Conference bag sponsors – $1,500

More information about these packages is available on our sponsors page.

Six reasons why sponsoring Red Meat Updates is good for your business

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  1. Red Meat Updates is Tasmania’s leading red meat industry event, with a strong, positive reputation.  Our sponsors tell us they are proud to be associated with the event.
  2. The conference consistently attracts over 250 people – last year 330 people attended – which makes it a value for money networking opportunity, with a very targeted audience.
  3. The producers who attend are people who want to improve their business performance – they are there to make new contacts and find out new information.
  4. Previous sponsors recognise the value of the event and consistently sign up to be involved.
  5. You will also learn new things!  Make sure you are up to date with industry news, research outputs and tips for optimising enterprise profitability.
  6. Your business will be promoted from the time you sign up, through to after the event, via our social media channels (which keep attracting new followers).

Below is a summary of the feedback conference attendees and sponsors provided following the July 2016 event.


Keen to be part of this key industry event?

We have had an incredible response from industry to our sponsorship packages for Red Meat Updates 2017 – there are only a handful of sponsorship positions remaining:

  • 1x Major sponsor – $10,000
  • 1x Gate to plate sponsor – $5,000
  • 3x Networking drinks sponsors – $3,000
  • 4x Conference bag sponsors – $1,500

We encourage organisations who would like to be part of this exciting industry event to register for their preferred package as soon as possible.  Click here for more information.

Don’t miss out on being part of Red Meat Updates 2017, Tasmania’s leading red meat industry event

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We have had an incredible response from industry to our sponsorship packages for Red Meat Updates 2017 – which is being held on the 28th of July, in Launceston.

There are only a handful of sponsorship positions remaining:

  • 1x Major sponsor – $10,000
  • 1x Gate to plate sponsor – $5,000
  • 3x Networking drinks sponsors – $3,000
  • 1x Conference dinner sponsor – $2,500
  • 4x Conference bag sponsors – $1,500

We encourage organisations who would like to be part of this exciting industry event to register for their preferred package as soon as possible by completing the registration form and sending it to

Click here to find out who is sponsoring Red Meat Updates 2017 and to read more about the sponsorship package inclusions.


Strong support from sponsors for Red Meat Updates 2017

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Wow!  The response to our sponsorship packages for the 2017 Red Meat Updates has been overwhelming! In the last week we have seen 70% of our sponsorship packages snapped up.

We are very pleased to announce the organisations who have committed to this event and are on board supporting Tasmania’s red meat industry conference in 2017:

Major sponsors

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Virtual farm tour sponsor:

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Session sponsor – irrigated pasture updates:

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Session sponsor – dryland pasture updates

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Session sponsor – beef updates:

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Morning tea sponsors:

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Networking drinks sponsors:

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Welcome refreshments sponsor:


Conference bag sponsors:


Thank you!

Your early commitment and support will help us to make this the best Red Meat Updates yet.

Keen to get involved in this exciting industry event?

We still have a number of sponsorship packages available. Email to find out what is still available and suitable for your promotion needs and budget.

Sponsorship opportunities now open for Red Meat Updates 2017

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Sponsorship opportunities opened this week for the 2017 Red Meat Updates event, being held on the 28th of July in Launceston.

Red Meat Updates is Tasmania’s leading red meat industry event.  It is where producers, advisors, researchers and industry stakeholders come together to network and learn. There is no other forum in Tasmania where you will see such a large number of red meat producers in one place.

Interest in sponsorship has been very strong this year.  Please note that sponsorship packages will be awarded on a first in, first served basis.  Get in early, don’t miss out on your preferred option!


Red Meat Updates virtual farm tour now available online

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The 2016 Red Meat Updates virtual farm tour is now available to view online.

The objective of this year’s virtual farm tour was to look at how three Tasmanian red meat producers had prepared for and managed through what can only be described as a very challenging season (note: this was filmed in May 2016).  We also asked them what they had learnt this year and if there were any tools or information they used to help make the hard decisions around feeding and stocking rates.

The farm tour featured producers from across Tasmania:

  • Chris Headlam, Lowes Park – Woodbury
  • Matthew Lester, Beattie Lester Beef – Lileah
  • James Walch, Stewarton Pastoral – Epping Forest

For more information about the producers, you can read about them in the 2016 RMU proceedings.

The 2016 virtual farm tour was supported by TP Jones.

Take the next step… into the future of pasture biomass measurement

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Realtime pasture biomass assessment field day

2:30-5pm, Monday 31 October 2016

Bridgenorth Road, Westwood Tasmania

Did you see the presentation about using optical sensors and phone apps to measure pasture biomass when you were at Red Meat Updates this year?  Tony Butler (TIA), Will Green (The Glen) and John Francis (Holmes Sackett) gave their perspectives on this exciting new technology and explained how Tasmanian producers are helping to road test and calibrate devices as part of a national project supported by Meat & Livestock Australia.

A field day is being held at the end of the month at Westwood, which provides you with the opportunity to go along and find out more, talk to the producers who are trialing the technology and ask lots of questions.

Click here to find out more and register.


Will Green answering questions about his experience with pasture measurement technology at Red Meat Updates in July 2016

The evaluation data is in… What did people say about Red Meat Updates 2016?

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Who was there?

  • 333 people attended the event, 65% were red meat producers and 35% were from a range of other roles within the red meat industry

How good was the program?

  • The program content, format and relevance all scored 9/10 on average
  • 96% of people plan to attend Red Meat Updates again

Did the day inspire people to make a practice change?

  • After attending Red Meat Updates, 72% intend to access a tool or resource promoted at the conference to assist in decision making
  • 59% of attendees intend to participate in a follow up training activity to build their knowledge and skills on a topic covered at the conference
  • 18% of people intend to make some other form of change to their business as a result of attending

What did people say about the day?

  • “Very informative and an avenue to catch up with the whole industry”
  • “High quality presentations and networking opportunities”
  • “An informative day. Highlighted next steps to learn more & build skills”
  • “I will attend again for updates and networking”

What was the online impact?

Between 1 March and 31 August…

  • was visited by 1600 different people, totalling 5,542 page views
  • The Red Meat Updates – Tasmania Facebook page reached 314 total page likes, 29,327 people saw our FB posts and 571 people were engaged
  • The @RedMeatUpdates Twitter account reached 606 followers, had 1,576 profile visits, created 52,226 tweet impressions and had 339 mentions

Lucerne & farm biosecurity on the red meat menu this week in Tasmania

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Have you taken the next step since leaving Red Meat Updates this year?

If not… perhaps this week you will…  There are a couple of great workshops running. One on maximising lucerne productivity and the other on farm biosecurity.

Lucerne grazing management workshop

When & where:  This week… Wednesday, 7 September, Longford (9am – 1pm)

What: A half day workshop presented by Jason Lynch (Macquarie Franklin), Bruce Jackson (DPIPWE) and Kelly Burke (PGG Wrightson Seeds) focusing on optimizing lucerne production, including:

  • Lucerne plant physiology
  • Animal health considerations
  • Grazing management and feed budgeting
  • Weed management, plant nutrition and irrigation requirements

Cost: $50 per business

For more information:  Contact Leanne or Sarah on 6427 5300 for more information. click here to view full details on the information flier.

Farm biosecurity planning sessions

When & where:

This week…

  • Monday, 5 September, Campbell Town
  • Tuesday, 6 September, Winnaleah
  • Thursday, 8 September, Smithton

Next week…

  • Tuesday, 13 September, Flinders Island

What: This one day workshop will help you to develop a biosecurity plan for your farm.  Learn how improvements to farm biosecurity can reduce the risk of pests, diseases, weeds and contaminants and leave this workshop with a draft biosecurity plan for your farm.  Updates on bovine Johne’s disease management, tips on how to manage farm visitors (e.g. utility companies), stray livestock and how to satisfy abattoir farm assurance program biosecurity requirements.

Cost: $50 ex gst per business

For more information:  Contact Jess Coad at Livestock Biosecurity Network on 0488 400 209 or  to discuss. click here to view full details on the information flier.

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Boost your business skills

There are three upcoming training opportunities for Tasmanian sheep and cattle producers to boost their business skills in the areas of enterprise cost of production, employee recruitment and management (creating employers of choice) and financial literacy and business management.

Cost of Production: 25 August, second session 3-4 weeks later, Longford

Over two sessions, learn how to calculate your cost of production (CoP), identify where it is useful and identify opportunities to improve efficiency and profitability. Presented by John Francis from Holmes Sackett, this course will help you to: 

  • Learn what CoP is and how it can be a useful indicator of possible opportunities to improve farm performance and profitability
  • Learn how to calculate CoP using the MLA CoP calculators
  • Learn what the CoP is for your own enterprises
  • Learn how to identify opportunities for increasing profits
  • Learn how to use the CoP calculator to plan for improvements
  • Learn how to run CoP scenarios to quantify improvements

For more information click here 

Creating employers of choice: 31 August, Campbell Town

This one day workshop, presented by Rural Directions and Stephen Creese, will provide participants with skills and knowledge to work towards being recognised as an employer or workplace of choice. Being an employer of choice is all about developing a sound recruitment and retention strategy with effective people management systems and processes.  This workshop is suitable for business managers who employ family labour and non-family labour. In today’s competitive job climate, how do we retain the people in our business who are adding value to ensure the business and people in our team continue to thrive?

For more information click here 

Business Edge: 4-5 October, Launceston

Business Edge is a two day training course in financial literacy and business management, specifically developed for sheep and beef cattle producers.  The course has been developed by Phil Holmes, who has run a very successful version of the course in northern Australia over the last five years.  Attendees at the first Tasmanian course in June 2016 all rated the course very highly in terms of helping them to better manage their business.

For more information click here

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