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Cattle farmers in on field day talks

The crowd listens to renown cattle judge, John Mercer.
The crowd listens to renown cattle judge, John Mercer. Contributed

AN enthusiastic crowd of more than 70 people welcomed vital information on selection of bulls, breeds, carcase assessment and holistic property planning at a field day at the property of Dan, Dianne and Shannon Kennedy on the Mirani Mt Ossa Rd on Sunday.

"We attracted a lot of new-comers to the cattle industry and they gained considerable knowledge of the industry from the guest speakers," John Mercery, of Kadanga Valley Charolais, Charbray and Brahman studs said.

"Studmaster at Linley Park Brahmans and rural accountant Tony Olsen addressed subjects which many of those attending had not considered.

"The feedback from people who came up and thanked us for holding the field day was very positive," he said.

Members of Mackay Rural Production Society were involved with the field day and helped with settle up and dismantling shades for the crowd. Four breeds, brahman, droughtmasters, charbray and red polls were represented at the field day with Mr Mercery giving reasons for choosing these breeds to improve herds.

"The live cattle assessment was of particular interest to newcomers to the industry and costs were the same to grow a good beast for a specific market as to produce a less desirable animal," Mr Kennedy said.

Mr Mercer gave comprehensive details of breed types and how bulls could improve the quality of cattle whether on a large property or hobby farm.

His live cattle assessment showed the desirable traits producers needed to meet specific markets and get better prices for their stock.

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