Pace set for growth

The Northern Star - Northern New South Wales Rural Weekly - - Beef Australia 2018 - Jamie-Lee Old­field news@ru­ral­weekly.com

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.

PHOTO: ORIN LUCKE

TOP SHOW: Queens­land cat­tle­man and Beef Aus­tralia chair­man Blair An­gus sees a bright fu­ture for the cat­tle in­dus­try.

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