2017 Leading Breeder

The Leading Breeder Conference will be held at the Best Western Airport Motel & Convention Centre Melbourne.

Starting at 1:00pm on Wednesday 1st of March and concluding at 12:40pm on the 2nd of March.

Dinner Guest Speaker Kevin McDermott will be talking on the sheep industry and genetic evaluation in Ireland.


Conference: $110.00 

Dinner: $66.00

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Please click here to download agenda


Wednesday 1st March (1:00pm - 5:30pm)

Lunch 12:00pm - 1:00pm

Session One: Improving Rates of Genetic Gain through Sheep Genetics (1 – 2:50pm)

Welcome And Conference Opening

Hamish Chandler,

Program Manager Genetics, MLA

Development And Future Plans From AGBU

Daniel Brown

Principal Scientist, AGBU

What The Good Do Well

Luke Stephen

Technical Specialist Sheep Breeding, DPI

Managing Rates of Gain at Yalgoo

Jock Nivison,

Yalgoo Merino Stud

Afternoon Tea 2:50pm - 3:30pm

Session Two: Improving Rates of Genetic Gain through Value Chain Initiatives (3:30 – 5:30pm)

The Supermarket Outlook

David Bevis,

Lamb Production Manager, Coles

Linking Progress to Process

Mark Inglis,

Farm Assurance & Supply Chain Manager, JBS

Technology and Innovation along the Value Chain                                                                                   

Sean Starling,

General Manager RD&I , MLA

The End Product Starts With The Breeder

Tom Bull,

Lambpro Prime Lamb and Maternal Studs

Pre-Dinner Drinks will start at 6:30pm for dinner at 7:00pm

Thursday 2nd March (8:00am - 12:45pm)

Session Three: Improving Rates of Genetic Gain Through Genomics & New Technologies (8:00 – 10:00am)

The Role of Genomics in the Genetic Evaluation

Andrew Swan

Principal Scientist, AGBU

Getting your Measurement Strategy Right

Tom Granleese

Research Fellow, Sheep CRC

Four Feet Closer To The Perfect Sheep

Mark Ferguson

Production Science Manager, NZ Merino Co.

Tips and Tricks When Utilising New Technology

Sally Martin

Sally Martin Consulting

Morning Tea 10:00 - 10:30am

Session Four: Improving Rates of Genetic Gain Through Business Development (10:30am – 12.45pm)

Genetic Tools Available To Improve Gain

Caris Jones and Clara Collison,

Development Officers, Sheep Genetics

Improving Profit By Maximising Use of High Genetic Merit Sires

Tim Byrne

Consultant, AbacusBio NZ

Perception of Genetics - Survey Feedback 

Hamish Chandler

Program Manager Genetics, MLA 

Breeding Objectives Under Climate Change

Andrew Swan

Principal Scientist, AGBU

Getting Motivated and Driving Change

Nathan Scott

Consultant, Achieve Ag Solutions

Lunch 12:45pm


To view information and presentations from previous Leading Breeder conferences, please click here.