Beef 2018 Preview

Smorgasbord of topics among info-packed Beef 2018 seminars program

Jon Condon, 11/03/2018

One of the industry seminars being presented three years ago at Beef 2015


GENETICS, marketing, animal welfare, ag-tech and sustainability are among a smorgasboard of topics scheduled to be covered in an information-packed five-day seminar program at Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton, Central Qld in May.

No less than 48 seminars have now been listed over five days for this year’s Beef 2018 event, from 7 to 12 May. Up to 100,000 people are expected to pass through the Rockhampton Showgrounds venue and associated events during the week-long event.

Seminars range from short, sharp one-hour sessions on more specific topics, to day-long programs exploring a range of international and domestic beef market opportunities, and the impact of digital disruption on the beef industry.

Some sessions are free to access for Beef 2018 visitors, while most others carry a $20 entry fee. The exception is the day-long Beef Australia 2018 Industry Symposium, which carries a $400 per person entry fee. Seminar bookings can be made from 19 March via the Beef 2018 website – click here to access. 

Here’s a brief breakdown of some highlights within this year’s seminars program, loosely categorised by topic:

Sustainability, animal welfare:

  • Sustainability in the supply chain and how Australian beef fits into the global supply chain (hosted by AgForce)
  • Cattle and Country: Key updates on innovations in sustainable beef production in Queensland (hosted by Queensland Government)
  • Animal welfare – A journey, not a destination (hosted by LiveCorp)
  • Sustainable Beef: The Northern Frontier (hosted by QAAFI and University of Queensland)
  • Sustainability for the Australian Beef industry….why? (hosted by Beef Australia)


  • Advances in water supplementation bring increases in productivity to graziers (hosted by Direct Inject Technologies)
  • Better management of phosphorus nutrition of grazing cattle – recent developments (hosted by Queensland Government)


  • Beef Australia 2018 Industry Symposium (hosted by Beef Australia)
  • Investment opportunities in the Australian beef supply chain (hosted by HSBC)
  • Better connecting data for a transparent and adaptable supply chain (hosted by Rezare Systems)
  • Talking 2030 (hosted by National Farmers Federation)
  • Leaving a Legacy – Succession Planning for Rural Families (hosted by Seeds of Advice)
  • The legal mix: Ag issues and getting it right (hosted by McCullough Robertson)
  • Are you Investment ready? (hosted by HSBC)
  • Succession Planning: What are farming families doing now? (hosted by Rabobank)


  • Fostering beef’s prosperity ‘fork to farm’ (hosted by Meat & Livestock Australia)
  • The what, the why, and the how of Bovine Pestivirus control (hosted by: Swans Veterinary Services)
  • How to get your cattle performance ready (hosted by Virbac Animal Health)
  • Improving beef enterprise performance in Northern Australia through feed base and other interventions (hosted by Queensland Government)
  • Faecal NIRS for prediction of pasture quality and supplementation formulations (hosted by Symbio Labratories)
  • The Future of Beef – a regenerative business showcase (hosted by Resources Consulting Services)
  •  Livestock biosecurity network (hosted by LBN)


  • MLA global markets forum (hosted by MLA)
  • Introduction to the Australian beef industry & opportunities for trade (supported by HSBC)
  • Linking live exports to your commercial success – what is driving price? (hosted by LiveCorp)
  • Dynamics of the global livestock trade and effects on Australian producers (hosted by Wellard)


  • Prickly acacia and giant rats tail grass spread: managing cattle, reducing the risk (hosted by The Capricorn Pest Management Group)
  • The importance of inoculum and the future directions of leucaena (hosted by the Leucaena Network)


  • Branding and the beef supply chain – what’s the purpose and the value to industry? (hosted by JBS Australia)
  • What price do you put on your brand? (hosted by PricewaterhouseCoopers)


  • The Angus benefit – understanding how Angus genetics will boost your bottom line (hosted by Angus Australia)
  • Improving commercial beef production through FTAI: The South American experience (hosted by Boehringer Ingelheim)
  • Precision breeding: Practical assisted reproduction for beef profitability (hosted by Repro360)


  • Future resilience of grazing businesses – investing in climate and people (hosted by Queensland Government)
  • Next generation young beef producers forum (supported by NH Foods, hosted by Beef Australia)
  • Cattle-related human injury in Central QLD (Hosted by Rockhampton Hospital and UQ Rural Clinical School, Rockhampton)
  • Be what you want to be – careers in the northern beef industry (hosted by CQUniversity)

Ag Technology:

  • The Innovation Landscape and what it really means to the beef industry (hosted by Telstra)


Click this link to access the full five-day Beef Australia 2018 seminars program

Seminar bookings can be made from 19 March via the Beef 2018 website – click here to access.  



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