Pace set for growth
THE wait is nearly over for Australia’s biggest beef event.
Held only once every three years, Beef Australia 2018 is just around the corner, and all roads lead to Rockhampton.
More than 90,000 people are expected to attend from Sunday, May 6, to Saturday, May 12, with the main event being held at the Rockhampton Showground.
More than 4500 cattle from 30 different breeds will enter the show ring, and more than 500 business will be on display in the trade fair.
If it’s got to do with cattle or beef, you’ll find it at the national beef expo.
Alongside the symposiums, seminars and property tours this year will be a new addition to the program, Pitch in the Paddock.
Sponsored by KPMG, the event invites leading agtech entrepreneurs to present their ideas to beef industry stakeholders and customers.
Beef Australia 2018 chair Blair Angus said the beef industry was in a “state of heightened growth and innovation right now”.
“There are so many different ideas and ways to approach growing the world’s best beef,” he said.
“Beef Australia is setting the pace when it comes to inviting and encouraging innovators to present their next big idea.
“I am very excited about this concept, and the opportunity to find our next groundbreaking agricultural entrepreneur whose cutting-edge approach can help shape the landscape of beef.”
The eight finalists will have three minutes to pitch their ideas to a panel of five judges – KPMG Australia head of agtech Ben Ven Delden; Shark Tank “shark” and veterinary physician Glen Richards; founder and CEO of BridgeLane Group Markus Kahlbetzer; Agthentic founder and CEO Sarah Nolet; and Super Butcher managing director Susan McDonald.
Mr Ven Delden said innovation and evolution had much in common.
“Breakthroughs happen right at the edge, closest to the problem that needs a solution,” he said.
TOP SHOW: Queensland cattleman and Beef Australia chairman Blair Angus sees a bright future for the cattle industry.