Na­tional agents in the state

Tasmanian Country - - NEWS -

TAS­MA­NIA has only two in­de­pen­dent ru­ral agents, but that didn’t stop the state from host­ing the coun­try’s agents at a na­tional con­fer­ence.

In­de­pen­dent agents based in Tas­ma­nia’s North, Ian Richards of Richards Live­stock and Mark Webb from Webb Wood­i­wiss Live­stock Mar­ket­ing, are part of a group with a na­tional an­nual turnover of more than $8.5 bil­lion.

The Ru­ral Mar­ket­ing Agents net­work boasts in to­tal more than 750 live­stock, prop­erty, mer­chan­dise and ad­min­is­tra­tion per­son­nel.

Mr Richards said credit to Tas­ma­nia hosted the event.

He said the con­fer­ence of­fered ex­cel­lent speak­ers and op­por­tu­ni­ties to net­work. Next year’s con­fer­ence will be again in Ho­bart,

Frank Archer, from Land­fall An­gus, told the con­fer­ence Tas­ma­nia was a won­der­ful en­vi­ron­ment for grass-fed cat­tle.

“We are about qual­ity not quan­tity,” Mr Archer said.

Other lo­cal speak­ers in­cluded Rob­bie Tole from Green­vale Pas­toral and ma­jor Tas­ma­nian ir­ri­ga­tion in­vestor David Wil­liams.

RMA gen­eral man­ager Michael O’Brien said the con­fer­ence also brought peo­ple to­gether to dis­cuss av­enues to break down bar­ri­ers on men­tal health, which is a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue in ru­ral Aus­tralia. it was a to have

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