Western Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO

Sustainable Development for Pasture-based Beef Cattle Farming

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Background and Objectives

With the conclusion of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) agreement and the phased reduction of tariffs, it has become crucial for the Japanese beef cattle farming to boost productivity. Some of the practical ways to realize improvement of labor productivity and cost reduction of beef cattle production include reduced dependence on imported grain feed and the utilization of domestic land resources such as unused farm lands. This symposium will focus on the pasture-based beef cattle farming in New Zealand which is recognized for being competitive globally. The productivity gap in beef cattle farming between Japan and New Zealand and strategies to address the gap such as winter grazing using fodder kale will be discussed.

The main objectives of this symposium are as follows: (1) to identify issues that must be addressed in Japanese beef cattle production, (2) to understand the mutual strength, weakness and opportunities for beef cattle farming in both countries, and (3) to find common research areas for sustainable development.


Organizers

National Agriculture and Food Research Organization (NARO)
Oita Prefectural Government
Oita Grassland Agriculture and Forage Association


Date

July 27, 2018 9:00 am- 5:00 pm


Venue

Beppu Housenso
5-73 Aoyama-cho, Beppu City
Oita Prefecture


Participants

Farmers, Farmer's organization, Extension services, Public research organizations


Program

9:00~9:30 Opening Address
Dr. Koko Mizumachi
Director General
Western Region Agricultural Research Center, NARO
9:30~12:00 Session 1: High productivity advanced beef cattle farming applied grazing
  • Practice and challenges of annual cow grazing in paddy fields
    Hiroya Sato, Dream Farm (Ibaraki Pref.)
  • Production management and achievements of year-round cow/calf grazing in hill countries
    Eiji Nagamatsu, Fukichaen (Oita Pref.)
  • Production management and achievements of year-round cow/calf grazing in cold regions
    Sumio Kasuga, Kasuga Farm (Hokkaido)
  • Agroforestry diversified beef cattle with log-grown mushroom
    Kesanori Ono, Ono Farm (Oita Pref.)
  • Current status of grass-fed, free range beef cattle farming in New Zealand
    Richard Morrison, President of Manawatu/Rangitikei Federated Farmers
12:00~13:00 Break
13:00~14:00 Session 2: Subjects to solve for sustainable development for pasture based beef cattle farming
  • Subjects of cattle grazing regarding animal nutrition
    Nobuhiro Kimura, Nippon Veterinary and Life Science University
  • Productivity development and environmental issue of pasture farming in NZ
    Rebecca Hickson, Massey University
14:00~15:30 Session 3: Poster Presentation
15:30~16:55 Session 4: General Discussion
  • Strengths, weaknesses and opportunities for beef cattle farming in both countries, common research areas for sustainable development etc. Coordinators:Naoyuki Yamamoto and Masayuki Senda (WARC/NARO)
16:55~17:00 Closing address
Dr. Masamichi Daikoku
Director General
Kyushu Okinawa Agricultural Research Center, NARO

Registration

Admission is free. Please apply through the link below before July 13, 2018 (Fri).
http://pursue.dc.affrc.go.jp/form/fm/naro132/naro_sympo2018_0727


Poster

Corporate Number 7050005005207