Rockhampton may be down after Tropical Cyclone Marcia, but it is definitely not out and will be ready to host Beef Australia 2015 in just seven weeks time.
That is the message from Queensland’s new minister for agriculture Bill Byrne, who also holds the State seat of Rockhampton.
“We have a big clean-up ahead of us, but rest assured the Beef Capital will still be proudly hosting the expo,” Mr Byrne said today.
The week long event is held only once every three years.
Beef 2015 kicks off on May 4 and is expected to attract more than 80,000 people.
“Beef is big business in Queensland, with a current annual value of $5.4 billion,” Mr Byrne said.
“We produce a world-class, quality product for world markets.
“In 2013/14, Queensland exported 58 per cent of Australia’s beef exports.
“Australia is the world’s third largest exporter of beef behind Brazil and India, and if Queensland exports were considered alone, Queensland would be the world’s fourth largest exporter behind the United States.”
Queensland’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is a major sponsor of the event, and will be providing a one stop shop of services for visitors, Mr Byrne said.
DAF’s activities at the event will include providing extension advice, facilitating export opportunities, and presenting updates on the Department’s work to ensure beef quality through cutting edge science and innovation and to protect livestock with stringent biosecurity measures.
“There will be a series of seminars and “campfire sessions” on topics ranging from nutrition, genetics, best management practice and Biosecurity to Farm Safety,” he said.
“There will also be local property tours where our beef work will be profiled.”