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FRIDAY, MAY 11


Glen Whitton, Riverina,Warwick, Les Smith, Delta Grove

Brahmans, Baralaba,Tony Grob, Riverina,Warwick, and

Tony McIlwraith, Riverina Murgon, catching up at the

Riverina trade site.

Brazilian visitors Flor De Liz, Oilon Costa, Celha and Silvio Alves, Beef Point, Brazil,

shopping at the Ozhatz.They have come from Brazil to Australia just for Beef 2012.

Paul Gooley, Casino, with Dave McQuoid, branch manager for Dog Master Trainers

in New Zealand.

Trade show braces

for final day rush

Hugh Munro, Booroomooka Angus, Bingara, talking with

John O’Reilly, CIA Goombungee.

EXHIBITORS are bracing for possibly their biggest

day yet as the curtain comes down today on the

incredibly successful Beef 2012 trade show. Visitors

still have time to purchase their Queensland

Country Life showbag, which includes a copy of this week’s

edition, QCL cap and stubby holder plus an assortment of

other items.

At the adjoining Rabobank marquee, visitors have until

3pm to enter the guess the bullock competition and purchase a

ticket in the win a Rabodirect Rebels Super Rugby jersey.

Rabobank’s manager for Queensland and the Northern

Territory Brad James said all proceeds from the Rebels’ jersey

promotion went to the RACQ Capricorn Helicopter rescue service.

Nearby at Elders, producers should drop in for the 10am workshop

on animal production. Elders’ Brian Walker said the focus

would be on transport and livestock welfare issues.

Still in the Elders pavilion, the Tenterfield Saddlery - Brian

Meldon and wife Lana have done a roaring trade. Wednesday was

a case in point, the couple sold 20 Geoff Moore crafted whips to a

group of visiting Americans.

Inventor Ed Evans, the man behind the award winning Swing

Gate, has been overwhelmed with interest. The Swing Gate won

last year’s Queensland Country Life farm inventor of the Year

award and then went on to win the ABC’s New Inventor program.

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Noel Hale, Dakin,

Sunshine Coast, dropped

in to the Centracks site.

Medical talk: Louise Marsden, and Deb Thorley, at the

Medibank site.

Beef Australia’s Geoff Murphy, with Glenn McGrath and Katrina

Hobbs,Australian Year of the Farmer.

Angus Barrett, owner and operator of Angus Barrett Saddlery,

Orange.

Tony Dunne and father Trevor Dunne, from Duaringa, speaking

with John Austin, sales manager for Westco Rockhampton.

Phillip Kelly, from Ireland, is helping out Rose-Lyn Paigh,

Pittsworth, at her Amazing Soaps stand.

Rod Knight, Jim Lindsay, and Grahame Rees, of

KLR Marketing.

Karen Guest, Rockhampton, with Kathy Moloney,Wallumbilla,

one of the two Mad Hatters for Gidgee Smith, at their display.

Gary Rynne, Cloyna, Doug Rynne, Cawarral, Grant Shelton,

Merlwood, with Ed Evan, Brisbane, the creator of the Saftey Gate.

Gordon Kent,Toowoomba,Tuff Bullbars Australia.

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Your say on BEEF 2012

QUESTION 1:

What do you

like the most

about Beef

Australia 2012

QUESTION 2: What

could be done to

improve Beef, and make

Beef Australia 2015

bigger and better

Ian McConnell, manager of

sustainable beef,WWF

Q1. I’ve really enjoyed the conferences,

the technology, and the people striving

to make a difference in our industry.

Q2. More food stalls - it takes forever to

get a feed.There could also be more

water bubblers around the place.

Tonya Hayward, Felton, and Georgie Griffiths, Killarney,

both of Advance Fitting Service.

Tonya Hayward, Felton

Q1. There are good facilities provided. Beef attracts

plenty of people, and it’s great to catch up with a lot of

them during the week.

Q2. There needs to be better coloured sawdust for the

cattle.

Georgie Griffiths, Killarney

Q1. The people, the place, and the atmosphere - it all

makes for a great week.

Q2. The earlier judging time is hard for fitters and

people with large teams.

Leith Hartwig, Ellentee Charolais,

Dalby

Q1. All the best cattle in the country are

in the one place at the once time.

Q2. A bit more shade for judging.

Bruce McConnaughty, Baradine,

NSW

Q1.The friendly atmosphere, the great

companionship among breeders, and

being able to see what other breeders

are doing with their cattle.

Q2. I think we need a bit more shade to

watch the judging.

Greg Lee, Diamond L Charbrays,

Nanango

Q1.The record number of people

attending - as producers, it means

we’re getting great exposure.

Q2.Accommodation is always hard, but

generally people seem happy enough.

John Mercer, Kandanga Valley

Charolais and Charbrays, Kandanga

Q1.The diversity - so much to do. It’s

very educational, and it’s good for the

young people, as well as more mature

producers.We need to entice the

younger people into the industry.

Q2. More eateries, and I don’t believe

you should have to pay for conferences.

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Dale Wendt, and his son

Western, the Monty

Foundation, Mundubbera.

Dale Wendt

Q1. The variety - everything in the industry is

all here on the grounds.

Q2. I don’t know, I think anything you wanted

is here, and if you can’t find it then your not

looking hard enough.

Western Wendt

Q1. The cattle, because it’s good to get up

close with them.

Q2. Needs to be more fun things, like rides

and more slush puppy machines.

Beryl Maroske,Wyreema

Q1. Looking at the cattle and the cattle

displays; meeting up with people you

haven’t seen for years.

Q2. Better parking. Other than that, can

you make it bigger

Warren Smith, Celestial

Charbrays, Gympie

Q1. It brings everything together, the

whole industry, to the one place.

Q2.Try and have everything together,

for example all the crushes in the one

place, or cattle.

Matt Welsh, Huntington

Charolais and Charbrays,Taroom

Q1.The social aspect and catching up

with everyone.

Q2. Maybe not have as many topics,

rather select a few important ones to

focus on, and really get the message

across.

Russel Gray, Brisbane Valley

Q1.You can see so much, a complete

range of things, all in the one place.

Q2. More shade, and things should be

spread out a bit.The cattle judging is

pushed into a couple of days, and in the

main rings things are jammed so the

cattle can’t really be exhibited properly.

Esther Ruffo, Gympie

Q1.The showing and the amount of

quality cattle here, and also the sites

where you can get information.

Q2.The tie up area outside the main

ring on show day - there isn’t enough

room.

Debbie Trace, Dunngullen

Brahmans, Nanango

Q1. Its a good place to meet up with

everyone - neighbours, friends, and

people you use to work with.The maps

are good, you can find what you are

looking for, and the PA system is set up

well, you can hear each ring.

Q2. Shade is probably a bit of an issue.

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R&D a must for

agriculture

THERE can be no more important issue

than the health of agriculture and the

research, development and extension

system which seeks to serve it and on

which it relies.

That was North Australia Beef Research Council

(NABRAC) chairman Ralph Shannon’s clear

message to a breakfast gathering of government

representatives from three states.

Mr Shannon was speaking at the launch of

FutureBeef, a partnership between government

agriculture agencies and industry across northern

Australia and Meat and Livestock Australia.

“I must applaud the new LNP government’s

commitment to both agriculture and R&D, and

assure them of NABRCs support in finding an

improved way forward,” Mr Shannon said.

“In that process we must at all costs preserve

our capacity for discovery science, and our

intent in searching for transformational solutions

to the traditional and emerging limitations

of the northern beef industry.

“My core anxiety is that an R&D system in

decline loses its capacity for creativity, and that

our most creative thinkers must be able to be

released from financial imperatives in order to

chase more risky projects.”

A feature of FutureBeef is the use of new

technologies, including online seminars, e-

bulletins and learning packages.

MLA managing director Scott Hansen, Sydney, with Beef CRC chief

executive officer Dr Heather Burrow,Armidale, NSW.

Alan Laing,Ayr, Mick Sullivan, Rockhampton, and Peter Johnston,

Brisbane, all from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry.

Christopher Nott,Alcoota Station,Alice Springs, with MLA’s Liz Allen

and Wayne Hall.

Dan Lynch,Tara, Cloncurry, with MLA

director Greg Harper.

Richard Galton, Darwin, and Trisha Cowley, Katherine, representing the

Northern Territory’s Department of Resources.

Krista Cavallaro, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry,

Brisbane, with Wayne Hall, MLA, Brisbane and Jane Weatherley,

MLA, Sydney.

NORTH Australia Beef Research

Council chair Ralph Shannon.

WHAT’S ON FOR TODAY

Friday 11 May

Property tours

Craigleigh, Wowan - departing 7am

Gyranda, Theodore – departing 7am

Trade fair

8.30am-5.30pm

Centre ring

Landmark Stud Cattle Competition –

Young Paraders, 8am-10am

Young Judges, 10am-12 noon

Family entertainment

Starshine & More 9am-12pm

Live Music, 12noon-5pm

Performance by Beyond Gravity

Country Collaboration Concert: Kasey

Chambers, Shane Nicholson & Busby

Marou, 6pm

Demo Ring

Double Dan Horsemanship, 11am & 2.30pm

Danny Rowen & Richard Hanson Blacksmith

& Draft Horse Shoeing 9am, 12.30pm &

4pm

The Homestead

The Crackup Sisters, 9am, 1pm, 3.30pm

Acrobats or whip cracking workshop,

10.30am & 2pm

Roving Entertainment

The Incredible Flea Circus, No Bull & More

Bars

Outback bar, 12 noon -11.30pm; XXXX

Heartland Retreat, 12 noon-11.30pm

Coles Kitchen, Walter Pearce Pavillon

Sampling: Beef Burgers, 9am-10am

Masterchef contestants, Dani Venn &

Michael Weldon

Live cooking on stage 10am-11am

Sampling: Grilled Argentinian Steak, 11am-

12 noon

Kids in the Kitchen activity session –

hamburgers 12noon -1pm

Masterchef contestants Dani Venn &

Michael Weldon

Live cooking on stage 1pm-2pm

Activity session – Carcase Breakdown,

2pm-3pm

Masterchef contestants , Dani Venn &

Michael Weldon

Live cooking on stage 3pm-4pm

Mercure Branded Restaurant, Robert

Schwarten Indoor Pavilion

Suncorp Bank Sportsmans Lunch, 12 noon

Cattleman’s Bar and Grill Restaurant,

Walter Pearce Pavilion

NAB Agribusiness “Beauty & The Beef”

luncheon – 12 noon, Afternoon Tea –

3.30pm-5pm

Fashion Parades, Schwarten Indoor

Pavilion

Style Extravaganza, 4pm

Aligned events

CQ NRL Bid Breakfast, CQ Leagues Club,

7.00am-9.00am

Exhibitions, Art Gallery

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OPINION POLL

Each day of BEEF 2012, our panel of industry experts

will tackle the big issues affecting the cattle industry.

The

Ringer

Tim

Olive

Brad

Cooper

Alf

Collins

Wendy

Perry

WEATHER

WATCH

Do you believe in

climate change

MONEY

MATTERS

Have banks treated

the rural industry

fairly

FUTURE

FOCUS

How important is

succession

planning

THE GOOD,

BAD, UGLY

Who inspires you

Who disappoints

you

THE FACE

OF BEEF

Which celebrity

should promote

beef

THE RINGER

Yep- it was rainin’ yesterdee, it didn’t

rain today and it might rain tomorrow.

Complex sort of stuff to work out…

BRAD COOPER, QUEENSLAND

COUNTRY LIFE, ORMISTON

The climate is forever in a state of

change. How much of this change can

be attributed to the actions of people is

still a matter of debate.What we do

know for absolute certainty is that

governments the world over are

'responding' to climate change in a very

real way, via changes to policy, legislation

and regulations.

TIM OLIVE,APIS CREEK,

MARLBOROUGH

The climate is changing - always has

and always will.As the caretakers of the

earth at this time we need to be aware of

our actions.

ALF COLLINS,AL COLLINS BRAH-

MANS, GUNDAROO, NEBO

No. Sure the climate may change a little

but I believe the big changes are more to

do with natural cycles.

WENDY PERRY, FLETCHER’S AWL,

CLERMONT

Not to the extent that the Federal

Government would have us believe.The

planet has been constantly changing

since the dawn of time and will continue

to do so. Carbon is a natural part of the

ecosystem in which we live and without

carbon, we would not have life.

THE RINGER

Yeah… fairly poorly. Personally, I’d

rather keep my money in a rusty golden

syrup tin, stashed beneath the floorboards

of an outstation shack. In fact, I

do. Of course, an argument could be

made that there’s less deadwood

surrounding my money.

BRAD COOPER

There was probably a time when you

could say banks of all persuasions had

either given rural Australia a touch up

through the withdrawal of services and

closures or dished out cold indifference

through poor customer service and

product offers ill-suited to rural

commerce.That's not accurate

anymore. I'm not one for buzz words, but

I'm pleased the word agribusiness is

widely used and has found a natural

home in the branding of many of our

banking and financial institutions. It's

been part of an overall shift in thinking

that primary production is big business.

TIM OLIVE

I can only speak from my personal point

of view, Lynette and I feel strongly to

work only with people that we can trust

therefore that has driven our decision

with our banking.

ALF COLLINS

Yes. My experience with banks has been

positive, as long as they are aware of

what is in front of them.

WENDY PERRY

I think some have and some haven’t. It is

like everything, you need to shop around

to find the right product with the back-up

service to match.

THE RINGER

Very important if you’ve got someone to

hand it to. My old man knew all about it.

Before he passed on, we had a special

‘handing-over’ ceremony- he tossed me

a Vegemite jar that contained a comb, a

broken drill bit, keys to the ‘64 Bedford

and half a dozen fencing staples, before

saying:“Welcome to agriculture.”

BRAD COOPER

Statistics suggest that the number of

family owned farm businesses engaged

in succession planning is very low.This

is a worry, especially given the number

of farmers expected to retire over the

next 10 years.The lack of effective

succession planning on our farms will be

one of the big challenges facing agriculture

in the next decade.

TIM OLIVE

It is extremely important as anyone with

drive and direction at any age needs to

know that they have a future to work

towards within the family industry.

ALF COLLINS

Succession planning done well can be

the difference between family business

taking a leap into the future or falling flat

on its face.The planning part is not too

hard but sticking to the plan seems to be

the greatest challenge for some!

WENDY PERRY

The rural population is aging and we are

losing our rural youth at an alarming rate

to other higher paying industries. We

need to treat our properties like businesses

and look at the issue of succession

planning very early on in our

children’s life. We need to be prepared

well before retirement age and be confident

that the next generation have the

skills, both practical and managerial, to

take over the running of our businesses.

THE RINGER

The late Sir Joh inspired me of course,

along with Russell Coight (now there’s a

real bushman) and David “Boonie” Boon.

People who disappoint me include Bob

Brown, vegetarians, Bob Brown,

selected property agents, Bob Brown,

Baz Luhrmann, Phil Gould and Bob

Brown.

BRAD COOPER

MLA chairman Don Heatley’s conduct

during the live-ex ban was inspiring. So

who disappoints me Talkback radio

shockjocks.They use their talent, power

and influence for evil.And Shane Warne,

because he's such a goose.

TIM OLIVE

Inspires - My wife inspires me with her

big heart and kindness.

Disappoints - The ones who are deceitful

and don't keep true to their word.

ALF COLLINS

Inspires - Wayne Bennett, a man of high

integrity, who makes very little noise but

delivers great results.

Disappoints - This could get me into

some strife - Julia Gillard. No need to say

any more!

WENDY PERRY

I draw inspiration from many people for

differing reasons.

As for disappointments – have you

looked at the Federal Government and

the way it runs our great country

THE RINGER

One man and one man only- Sam

Backo.That league legend would

certainly know a good steak when he

has one for smoko, and probably eats

beef sausages and savoury mince every

night with steak sauce and a side order

of steakhouse chips. Of course, I’m

always happy to give it a crack should

Sam not be available.

BRAD COOPER

The Wiggles. If they could turn a song

about fruit salad into musical gold then

just imagine what they could do with

beef Rib fillet, yummy, yummy!

TIM OLIVE

Darren Lockyer. He has proven he is a

true leader, honest, and people from

many walks of life respect him and he is

an Australian.

ALF COLLINS

Keith Urban.We might even get a new

tune as part of the package.

WENDY PERRY

The boy-band “One Direction” – their

legions of fans would do anything that

they asked! Beef sales would go

through the roof!

IN SUMMARY

STATE OF CHANGE

IN SUMMARY

YES, GENERALLY

IN SUMMARY

THE NO. 1 ISSUE

IN SUMMARY

POLITICIANS DISAPPOINT

IN SUMMARY

TOO TOUGH TO CALL

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Beef comes of age

WHAT a week it has been. Beef genetics conference, held at UQ. This twoday

forum attracted registrations of 320

While hosting in the International

talking to visitors, making them feel at home.

2012 is bigger and better than

ever before. There is so much to people from 34 countries - at which stage Lounge, I was speaking to cattlemen from the

see and do, with the cattle judging,

nominations were shut off, to the disappointment

harsh Chako region of Paraguay where they

trade fairs, conferences and property

tours, not to mention the culinary experiences,

entertainment, cocktail parties and

dinners.

To me, the essence of Beef 2012 is the

coming together of people, involved or interested

in all aspects of the cattle industry,

from all countries of the world.

Beef Australia has come of age, in facilitating

this. It has worked hard to attract large

numbers from overseas, and should be

congratulated on the result.

Setting the stage for what can only be

described as a phenomenal week, was the

of many.

With exceptional speakers from five

countries, we saw the concepts of innovation,

collaboration, inspiration and celebration

embodied to the full.

Possibly the greatest innovation introduced

at Beef Week 2012 is the Bayer

Genetics and Reproduction Technologies

Market Place where everything involved in

the selection management and trade of

genetics is situated under the same roof.

The International Lounge has been a

place where overseas people can come to

relax. The hosts do an outstanding job of

only receive 600mm rainfall annually.

They are seeking to introduce genetics

from regions that have a similar latitude and

rainfall pattern.

Burnett and I also met a delegation from

Poland. They are interested in our genetics

and want to keep in touch.

At the NSW Trade and Investment reception,

put on by Austrade I met a delegation

from Mexico, including Felipe de Jesus

Cabral Pulido who spoke no English.

This was a wonderful opportunity to practice

my Spanish. The look on Felipe’s face

when I spoke his language made the effort all

the more worthwhile.urnett and I are looking

Louise

to hosting a “fly-in-fly-out” tour group

today, at Gyranda, our Santa Gertrudis stud,

320Km South of Rockhampton.

Joyce

Gyranda, Theodore

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