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NTCA at BEEF 2021

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Off the back of our NTCA Conference in Alice Springs, I was honoured to represent NTCA at another big industry get together - Beef Week 2021. It was my first introduction to Rocky’s most famous 5 days and found it clear why the event has been dubbed best Beef expo in the world.

It was great to see many familiar Territory faces including our President David Connolly - and how exciting for previous CEO Tracey Hayes to be named 2021 Queensland Country Life Beef Achiever on Monday night, recognised for her commitment to industry and monumental efforts behind the Class Action. The Territorians were starting the week on a high! 

I spent much of the week attending symposiums, seminars, panel sessions and presentations, using time in between to meet existing and potential industry partners. With almost 116,000 people through the gates over the course of the week, it’s safe to say I was kept busy! It was a truly amazing opportunity to access a large and diverse range of industry members gathering to showcase, learn and share.

Steph and I were lucky enough to be guests of nbn Australia at the CQ University Beef Australia Symposium on Monday, with several keynote speakers focusing on leadership and its role in driving resilience within industry. Dr Frank Mitloehner, an air quality specialist based in the US, gave a thought-provoking presentation on the Carbon cycle and challenged current methane measuring methods. There is a lot for us to think about in this space – both in terms of opportunity and challenge.

It was evident throughout the week that there are some exciting and emerging opportunities for beef business, particularly in Northern Australia. From capturing the value of natural capital, using feedback data to improve production efficiencies, using Ag-tech to enhance current decision making, addressing limitations in protein availability with research and testing into new pasture varieties…much is happening, and I am excited to follow up on initiatives relative to NT producers. Watch this space!

Another highlight was a property tour of one of Jarrah Cattle Company’s properties near Banana, which gave great insight into a vertically integrated business model. It was interesting to discuss genetics from a largely commercial perspective, with the focus coming back to two main profit drivers we all know well – quality and fertility.

It’s energizing to see the industry firing on all cylinders, with a widespread appetite for development and advancement that is stronger than ever. Congratulations to the Beef Australia team for a fantastic event - I returned to the NT with a swag of new contacts, knowledge and enthusiasm. It was impossible to emerge uninspired!


Picture: With Boyd Gudex, Southern Beef Services and Paul Williams, Tropical Beef Technical Services at “Glenarchy” on the Jarrah Cattle Co property tour.

Photo credit – Queensland Country Life.

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