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Beef and the part it plays in our economy

04 May 2018

Australia produces four percent of the world’s beef supply. That’s an industry making a major economic contribution to the country – not to mention to our food security. The national beef expo, one of the world’s great beef cattle events, is held in Rockhampton, Queensland, every three years. This year it’s on from May 6 to 12. According to organisers, Beef Week features more than 4500 cattle from over 30 breeds, but cattle showcasing is not its sole purpose.

On the wider business level the week provides trade and export opportunities, promotes agri- and other affiliated businesses and has given those working in the industry, and their families, opportunities to network and share their stories.

The Westpac Ladies High Tea is a Beef Week staple. Held on the Thursday, organisers are expecting 500 guests coming together over scones with a twist to celebrate the importance of women in regional and rural Australia.

This year’s guest speaker, Dame Quentin Bryce, will share her experience as a prominent leader and her understanding of diversity, growth and determination. The event’s MC is Tanya Dupagne, 2017 Agri-Futures Rural Women’s Award winner and Camp Kulin founder.

Tanya’s Camp Kulin has a global and national reputation for its pioneering work helping children and teenagers who have survived trauma. Tanya’s ongoing goal is to ensure leadership training and mentoring is affordable and accessible for women and young people, giving them the skills to change their communities.

The Agri-Futures Rural Women’s Award acknowledges and supports the role women play in rural industries, businesses and communities. The Award provides a platform for Australian women to use and develop their skills to benefit their industries and communities.

AgriFutures, formerly known as the Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), established the award around 20 years ago and it has gained a significant profile. Each state and territory has its nominees from which a winner is chosen. These women provide the pool from which a national winner is chosen. The overall winner receives a $10,000 bursary for innovative ideas and projects, access to professional development opportunities and alumni networks.

South Australian Simone Kain was another state winner. She is the co-creator of George The Farmer and his talented, smart, agronomist wife, Dr Ruby. Simone’s characters and stories teach children about where our food comes from, as well as exposing young people to the variety of careers in agriculture. For more…

In the special Beef Week issue of Westpac Agri-business magazine Produce Beef Australia 2018, the 2017 Tasmanian AgriFutures winner, Rebecca Lynd, features with her Scottish Highland cattle. Rebecca is ‘nose, horn and tailing’ it with the heritage breed on the Apple Isle and pushing traditional beef boundaries. For more, see the article here…

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