Govt helps to fat­ten event

Central and North Burnett Times - - NEWS -

A “BEEF up” is on the cards for the Aus­tralian cat­tle in­dus­try fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment that $2.5 mil­lion will be con­trib­uted to­wards Beef Aus­tralia 2015 by the govern­ment.

Beef Aus­tralia, to be held in Rock­hamp­ton next year, gives cat­tle farm­ers the op­por­tu­nity to re­ceive in­ter­na­tional and do­mes­tic recog­ni­tion for their cat­tle.

For many of the re­gion’s cat­tle stud own­ers, this is the pre­mier op­por­tu­nity to broaden their mar­kets as over 85,000 people from more than 25 coun­tries are ex­pected to at­tend.

Up­son Downs’ man­ager Amanda Sal­is­bury said Beef Aus­tralia was “the most im­por­tant event on the cat­tle in­dus­try cal­en­dar”.

At the fore­front of the Aus­tralia cat­tle in­dus­try, run­ning the coun­tries’ old­est bran­gus stud, Mrs Sal­is­bury knows the op­por­tu­ni­ties this event can cre­ate for farm­ers.

“It is an in­cred­i­ble launch­ing pad,” she said.

Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Barnaby Joyce said the Aus­tralian beef in­dus­try was fac­ing a range of chal­lenges, which was why it was im­por­tant to show­case its beef and beef pro­duc­ers to both the na­tion and the world.

Al­though un­able to pre­dict which chal­lenges will be di­rectly im­pacted through this govern­ment money, farm­ers in­di­cated that it may help the in­dus­try over­come some con­straints of the high Aus­tralian dol­lar.

“It is as much an op­por­tu­nity for Aus­tralian farm­ers to learn how to pro­duce cat­tle more eco­nom­i­cally, as it is to gain recog­ni­tion,” Bar­bara Burn­ham said, Amanda Sal­is­bury’s’ mother and pre­de­ces­sor on Up­son Downs.

“The Beef Aus­tralia event runs pro­grams to fur­ther ed­u­cate farm­ers which could help them to over­come some of these (cur­rent beef in­dus­try) con­straints.

“It will also en­able ac­cess to larger mar­kets, which has lately been a chal­lenge for beef in­dus­try farm­ers.”

The last Beef Aus­tralia event was held in 2012 and in­cluded a Bran­gus World Congress, which gave North Bur­nett bran­gus farm­ers the chance to show­case their Aus­tralian pedi­grees.

Red bran­gus cat­tle farmer Kris Din­gle sold a cham­pion bull to South Amer­i­can buy­ers at the event.

“South Amer­ica is the (world) leader in red bran­gus breed­ing and the Beef Aus­tralia event helped to open us up to some of those mar­kets,” Mr Din­gle said.

“The govern­ment money may en­cour­age big­ger think­ing to un­fold so we are re­ally happy to hear of this sup­port.”

He would show cat­tle again at next year’s event.

PHOTO: EMILY SMITH

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