Monthly Archives: October 2015

Equine Season Underway

After a busy and successful 2014-15 season with around 250 mares and stallions through the centre, the 2015-16 season is underway…

To help lighten Steve’s workload we are very pleased to welcome Dr Wes Allen for the next three months. Wes is an experienced equine reproduction practitioner whom many of our clients will remember from years past when he and Steve worked together.

This year we are pleased to be standing the Standardbred stallion ‘Safari’, the only Aussie-made stallion to finish in the top 10 sires in Victoria last season and was the top of his category nation-wide.

We are also standing the wonderful Friesian stallion ‘Braggo’, while he remains in dressage training with stud manager Jason James.

We will continue to service the high level of demand for specialised breeding technologies such as embryo transfer, chilled and frozen semen AI (including low dose), stallion infertility and problem breeders at the former Glenormiston College Equine Facilities, and with additional land secured at the College we will be even better equipped to cater for all client requirements.

Services will also continue to be offered on farm for local clients, or at South West Equine Centre.

Email enquiries to: equine@tlg.com.au

Business Delegation to China

TLG participated in a recent business delegation to China organised by Warrnambool City Council.

The delegation travelled to Warrnambool’s sister city Changchun in Jilin Province, and the focus was on the agricultural and Educational sectors. It was structured around delegates gaining a better understanding of the food and agriculture trade opportunities available in Changchun, and facilitated business to business discussions around prospects for future collaboration.

The first company visited was a beef cattle breeding enterprise, incorporating a bull station for frozen semen production, replacement cattle rearing, research and development, product marketing and services. The focus was on Simmental, Charolais, Limousin and Angus, with 70 adult bulls, 20 replacement bulls and 159 cows. The annual frozen semen production at the centre is over 1 million straws.

The next company had six main industries, being animal husbandry feeding, feedmill processing, food processing, biological products, leather processing and organic fertilizer manufacture. Again the focus was on Simmental, Limousin and Angus. The cattle listen to music, drink spring water, have access to automatic massage machines and are even given beer! The annual processing capacity of its abattoir is 1 million cattle and 2 million sheep per annum. They are the largest beef exporter in China (more than 50% of the total of China) and exports to more than 20 countries.

The last company consists of dairy manufacturing, dairy cow farming, and sales and manufacturing of livestock feed. They have a complete business chain around dairy manufacturing. They have imported 8000 heifers from Australia, and have the capacity of breeding more than 30,000 head.

Taking part in the delegation has given TLG exposure to and opened a dialogue with some relevant businesses in the Changchun region, and we are hopeful that that we can establish some valuable relationships and collaborate with these businesses in the future.