New man­ager all ready for beefy role

Pilbara News - - News - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

A key ap­point­ment has been made to de­velop pro­duc­tion and max­imise prof­its for pas­toral­ists in the Kim­ber­ley and Pil­bara.

The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food has hired Trevor Price as pro­duc­tiv­ity and prof­itabil­ity man­ager.

Based at the de­part­ment’s North­ern Beef De­vel­op­ment Cen­tre in Broome, he will be a fa­mil­iar face to many in the north­ern pas­toral in­dus­try, hav­ing trav­elled ex­ten­sively in the re­gion as a seed stock pro­ducer.

Re­cently ap­pointed NBF project man­ager Mark Ritchie said Mr Price was a strong can­di­date for the role in north­ern WA.

“He un­der­stands cat­tle en­ter­prises from all per­spec­tives, hav­ing ini­tially at­tended a ru­ral col­lege, worked on cat­tle sta­tions in the North­ern Ter­ri­tory and, more re­cently, hav­ing es­tab­lished his own cat­tle stud in New South Wales,” he said.

Fol­low­ing a break from the cat­tle in­dus­try in 2002-03, Mr Price started a beef seed stock busi­ness to pro­vide cross-breed­ing op­tions in north­ern Aus­tralia.

He has a 26-year ca­reer in the mil­i­tary as a sol­dier and of­fi­cer work­ing in man­age­ment and en­gi­neer­ing.

Mr Price is also work­ing to­wards com­plet­ing his masters in an­i­mal science, with a fo­cus on an­i­mal breed­ing man­age­ment.

He said the new role would drive on-sta­tion, pro­duc­tiv­ity de­vel­op­ment as­pects of the NBF project.

“I in­tend to take ad­van­tage of my re­gional pres­ence in Broome and meet pas­toral­ists out­side of main mus­ter­ing pe­ri­ods to high­light pos­i­tive new op­por­tu­ni­ties for them, par­tic­u­larly re­lat­ing to North­ern Beef Fu­tures ac­tiv­i­ties,” he said.

“Col­lab­o­ra­tion and ro­bust re­la­tion­ships are vi­tal in get­ting the most out of any in­dus­try.”

Mr Price in­tends to en­gage with as many stake­hold­ers as pos­si­ble, in­clud­ing mem­bers of the Kim­ber­ley Pil­bara Cat­tle­men’s As­so­ci­a­tion.

“I hope to at­tend as many pas­toral in­dus­try events as pos­si­ble to de­velop re­la­tion­ships with pro­duc­ers in the beef sup­ply chain and pro­vide a lo­cal link across the value chain,” he said. “My aim is to im­prove out­comes for the north­ern beef sec­tor by iden­ti­fy­ing and ad­dress­ing is­sues and chal­lenges to growth, while op­ti­mis­ing the value of the in­dus­try as a whole.”

Pic­ture: The De­part­ment of Agri­cul­ture and Food New man­ager Trevor Price.

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