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
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
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,
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
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
What do you
like the most
QUESTION 2: What
could be done to
improve Beef, and make
Beef Australia 2015
bigger and better
Ian McConnell, manager of
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
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,
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,
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,
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
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.
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.
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
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
Q2. Maybe not have as many topics,
rather select a few important ones to
focus on, and really get the message
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
Debbie Trace, Dunngullen
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
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,
NORTH Australia Beef Research
Council chair Ralph Shannon.
WHAT’S ON FOR TODAY
Friday 11 May
Craigleigh, Wowan - departing 7am
Gyranda, Theodore – departing 7am
Landmark Stud Cattle Competition –
Young Paraders, 8am-10am
Young Judges, 10am-12 noon
Starshine & More 9am-12pm
Live Music, 12noon-5pm
Performance by Beyond Gravity
Country Collaboration Concert: Kasey
Chambers, Shane Nicholson & Busby
Double Dan Horsemanship, 11am & 2.30pm
Danny Rowen & Richard Hanson Blacksmith
& Draft Horse Shoeing 9am, 12.30pm &
The Crackup Sisters, 9am, 1pm, 3.30pm
Acrobats or whip cracking workshop,
10.30am & 2pm
The Incredible Flea Circus, No Bull & More
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 &
Live cooking on stage 10am-11am
Sampling: Grilled Argentinian Steak, 11am-
Kids in the Kitchen activity session –
hamburgers 12noon -1pm
Masterchef contestants Dani Venn &
Live cooking on stage 1pm-2pm
Activity session – Carcase Breakdown,
Masterchef contestants , Dani Venn &
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 –
Fashion Parades, Schwarten Indoor
Style Extravaganza, 4pm
CQ NRL Bid Breakfast, CQ Leagues Club,
Exhibitions, Art Gallery
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Each day of BEEF 2012, our panel of industry experts
will tackle the big issues affecting the cattle industry.
Do you believe in
Have banks treated
the rural industry
How important is
Who inspires you
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
TIM OLIVE,APIS CREEK,
The climate is changing - always has
and always will.As the caretakers of the
earth at this time we need to be aware of
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,
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.
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.
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.
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.
Yes. My experience with banks has been
positive, as long as they are aware of
what is in front of them.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
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 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
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.
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.
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
I draw inspiration from many people for
As for disappointments – have you
looked at the Federal Government and
the way it runs our great country
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.
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!
Darren Lockyer. He has proven he is a
true leader, honest, and people from
many walks of life respect him and he is
Keith Urban.We might even get a new
tune as part of the package.
The boy-band “One Direction” – their
legions of fans would do anything that
they asked! Beef sales would go
through the roof!
STATE OF CHANGE
THE NO. 1 ISSUE
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
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
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
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
to hosting a “fly-in-fly-out” tour group
today, at Gyranda, our Santa Gertrudis stud,
320Km South of Rockhampton.
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