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