Cattlemen’s group celebrates beef industry boom
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.
Nadia, Bobby and Jacqueline Henggeler from Kachana Station in the Kimberley attended the event.