The Speakers

Alison Heap and Vic Edwards commenting on the Walker Century Farm cowherd. Photo by Jacob Owens.

Alison Heap and Vic Edwards commenting on the Walker Century Farm cowherd. Photo by Jacob Owens.

Vic and Alison

Following a series of long airplane flights from Australia to Virginia, Vic Edwards and Alison Heap then traveled to South Carolina and had two very busy days at the Conference.  Besides judging the Red Devon National Show Friday afternoon, they spent Friday morning evaluating the Walker cowherd, a group of steers and a large group of yearling heifers.  They emphasized the importance of having cattle with sound feet and legs, structural correctness, sound udders and natural thickness.  Saturday morning Vic placed the classes for the youth judging contest and thoroughly explained to the young participants the reasons for his selections.  Following the judging contest, Vic and Alison gave their reasons for their placings in the National Red Devon Show and followed that with a slide show with photos of Red Devons from both Australia and New Zealand.  Many of them were photos of ancestors of cattle that some US breeders are importing semen and embryos from.  Their day ended with Vic helping to present the awards to the exhibitors of the higher placing animals in the show.  We at RDUSA express our gratitude for Vic and Alison taking such an active part in our Conference activities.

Dr. John Andrae, Clemson University Forage Specialist. Photo by Roy

Dr. John Andrae, Clemson University Forage Specialist.
Photo by Roy

 

Dr. John Andrae

Clemson University Forage Specialist Dr. Andrae lead a pasture walk Friday morning. He started his presentation showing and demonstrating portable fencing equipment and discussing various grazing management systems from standard rotational grazing to high density grazing.  He lead the pasture walk pointing out various forages and plants on Walker Century Farm and explaining their strengths, weaknesses and how to manage them for grazing livestock.

Clemson University Meat Specialist, Dr. Susan Duckett

Clemson University Meat Specialist, Dr. Susan Duckett.  Photo by Roy

 

 

 

 

Dr. Susan Duckett

Friday afternoon, Dr. Susan Duckett, Meat Specialist at Clemson University, gave her presentation which centered on the health value of grass fed / grass finished beef.  Dr. Duckett is certainly an advocate for grass finished meat and dairy products and presented a great deal of research to backup her comments.  Part of her research data came a study she was part of which included carcass data from animals that were grass finished  and compared with grain finished animals.  Virginia Tech and West Virginia Universities were also involved in this research.

Dr. Duckett is over the meat research lab at Clemson. Our RDUSA members might be interested in the fact that the Clemson lab can do carcass evaluation tests for individuals.  You can send steaks to them to be tested for tenderness, CLA, etc.  You can find Dr. Duckett’s contact info on the Clemson College of Agriculture website for more information.

We at Red Devon USA want to thank all of our speakers for their presentations at the 2015 RDUSA Conference.

Submitted by Roy