Beef ex­hibitor pre­pares

Warwick Daily News - South West Queensland Rural Weekly - - News - AN­DREA DAVY An­drea.davy@ru­ral­weekly.com.au

AN ‘AGRI­CUL­TURE spe­cific’ re­view of Aus­tralia’s na­tional en­vi­ron­ment law is an op­por­tu­nity to en­sure the best out­comes are be­ing achieved for the en­vi­ron­ment, farm­ers and re­gional com­mu­ni­ties.

That’s ac­cord­ing to AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley, who warmly wel­comed the an­nounce­ment of a tar­geted, in­de­pen­dent re­view of the En­vi­ron­ment Pro­tec­tion and Bio­di­ver­sity Con­ser­va­tion Act 1999.

Mr Maud­s­ley said farm­ers were ded­i­cated to look­ing af­ter their land and pro­tect­ing bio­di­ver­sity on their prop­er­ties while go­ing about their jobs of pro­duc­ing the high-qual­ity food and fi­bre that con­sumers de­mand.

“AgForce mem­bers man­age al­most half of Queens­land’s agri­cul­tural land­scape and take pride in their role as en­vi­ron­men­tal stew­ards and land cus­to­di­ans for cur­rent and fu­ture gen­er­a­tions,” he said.

“Farm­ers recog­nise that reg­u­la­tion is im­por­tant, par­tic­u­larly in ar­eas like biose­cu­rity and food safety, but there is no doubt there are many ex­am­ples of en­vi­ron­men­tal and trans­port reg­u­la­tions that add un­nec­es­sary costs to farm busi­nesses.

“Queens­land agri­cul­ture is af­fected by al­most 18,000 pages of reg­u­la­tions in more than 75 Acts of Par­lia­ment just at the state level, so it’s vi­tal every ef­fort is made to re­duce over­laps and avoid du­pli­ca­tion at the na­tional level.”

Mr Maud­s­ley said the EPBC Act gen­er­ally lacked trans­parency in re­gards to the obli­ga­tions of land­hold­ers, and there was a need for a more stream­lined process around the in­ter­ac­tion be­tween fed­eral and state en­vi­ron­men­tal laws.

“The EPBC Act is in need of re­fine­ment to pro­vide farm­ers with the cer­tainty they need to do their jobs and grow their busi­nesses,” he said.

“Be­cause if farm­ers can’t feed their own fam­i­lies, they can’t feed yours.” IN SOME cases, the se­quel is bet­ter than the orig­i­nal and that’s what BT Brah­mans Stud own­ers are hop­ing for at Beef Aus­tralia.

Colin and Lyn Tink from Dubbo, New South Wales, were in Rock­hamp­ton in 2016 for the World Brah­man Congress where their heifer BT Aria was ju­nior cham­pion heifer.

This year, when the fam­ily makes the 13-hour-plus drive back to Rocky for Beef Aus­tralia 2018 in May, they will be tak­ing BT Aria’s full sis­ter BT Aria 2.

“It will be hard to beat how well we did last time,” Colin ad­mit­ted.

“We are look­ing for­ward to see­ing the cat­tle that are shown. While we are there we will look at some other ge­net­ics on of­fer.

“If we come home with a rib­bon, it will just be a bonus.”

BT Brah­mans will take three head, which will all be led by young han­dler Kyle Pea­cock.

“BT Aria 2 hasn’t got a calf on her, but she is in calf, so that might make it more of a chal­lenge for her,” he said.

When BT Aria (the first) was crowned a cham­pion at the World Brah­man Congress, the news made head­lines across ru­ral press, in­clud­ing the Ru­ral Weekly. Colin said a win like that was an hon­our, and did re­sult in a few more phone calls about his stud.

“Yeah, it prob­a­bly put us on the map a bit more,” he said.

“We have only been breed­ing brah­mans for about six years... it’s hard to be­come known in the in­dus­try, but we did get a fair bit of feed­back af­ter the World Brah­man Congress.”

Based in Dubbo, it was a joy for Colin and Lyn to head north where brah­mans are heav­ily em­braced.

“We just find some­times, at our south­ern shows, peo­ple aren’t used to judg­ing brah­mans, so they are not 100 per cent sure on what they are look­ing for. But when you are in Queens­land they do.”

PHOTO: WAGTAIL ME­DIA

LOOK­ING BACK: Wendy Cole from Ken­rol Stud in Grace­mere, Shay Bar­ron, Chelsea Pea­cock, and Lyn and Colin Tink with ju­nior cham­pion fe­male BT Aria at the World Brah­man Congress.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

BT Aria 2 will be in the first se­nior fe­males class of at Beef Aus­tralia.

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