Cat­tle­men’s group cel­e­brates beef in­dus­try boom

Countryman - - NEWS - Cally Dupe and Glenn Cord­ing­ley

The sec­ond flag­ship event for north­ern Aus­tralia’s boom­ing beef in­dus­try has been hailed a suc­cess af­ter more than 100 peo­ple flocked to Ku­nunurra last week.

The Kim­ber­ley Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion’s three­day fo­rum drew pas­toral­ists, politi­cians and agri­cul­ture in­dus­try rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Kim­ber­ley.

In at­ten­dance were Agri­cul­ture Min­is­ter Alan­nah MacTier­nan, WAFarm­ers live­stock of­fi­cer Kim Hay­wood, and rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Ru­ralco, ANZ, Han­cock Prospect­ing, Con­sol­i­dated Pas­toral Com­pany, MLA, and Fos­sil Downs Sta­tion, among others.

First day events in­cluded a tour of Ord River District Co­op­er­a­tive’s new cat­tle feed­ing trial, which feeds weaner and cull cows lo­cally pro­duced grain and fod­der for 50-60 days, and a tour of lo­cal farmer Fritz Bolten’s Oa­sis Farms’ hay and grain pro­duc­tion sys­tem.

Day two in­cluded a tour to Carl­ton Hill Sta­tion, 45km north of Ku­nunurra, to learn about the sta­tion’s early wean­ing pro­gram and the use of drone tech­nol­ogy, ahead of a trip to the lo­cal re­search sta­tion.

The third day in­cluded an in­no­va­tion-themed pro­gram of talks fo­cused on im­prov­ing beef op­er­a­tions, de­liv­ered by a range of guest speak­ers.

In giv­ing the open­ing ad­dress on Fri­day, Ms MacTier­nan said the base of the $15 mil­lion North­ern Beef Fu­tures, de­signed to trans­form the North West, would be moved from Bunbury to Broome.

Ms MacTier­nan also handed over the fi­nalised lease agree­ment to the Ord Stage 2 de­vel­oper Kim­ber­ley Agri­cul­tural In­vest­ments chief ex­ecu- tive Jianzhong Yin, who was ex­pected to take the lease back to China to be signed this week.

It was also re­vealed that KPCA chief ex­ec­u­tive Cather­ine Mar­riott’s two-year stint lead­ing the group would come to an end in Jan­uary.

Her new po­si­tion as WA project man­ager with the Co­op­er­a­tive Re­search Cen­tre for De­vel­op­ing North­ern Aus­tralia will help bankroll a num­ber of mul­ti­mil­lion­dol­lar projects across the Kim­ber­ley re­gion.

KPCA held its in­au­gu­ral an­nual con­fer­ence in Onslow last year, at­tract­ing 130 peo­ple.

Steven and Matthew Brock­hurst from Lar­rawa Sta­tion and Mariah Maughan from North­ern Beef Fu­tures at the KPCA con­fer­ence.

Pic­tures: Peter de Krui­jff

Na­dia, Bobby and Jacque­line Henggeler from Kachana Sta­tion in the Kim­ber­ley at­tended the event.

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