NTCA Conferences

Stockwell to lead Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association

James Nason, 10/03/2015
Tom Stockwell addressing the 2013 NTCA conference in Alice Springs.

Tom Stockwell addressing the 2013 NTCA conference in Alice Springs.

The Northern Territory Cattleman’s Association will have an all new leadership team in place after its annual general meeting in Darwin at the end of this month.

The three-year term of president David Warriner finishes at this year’s AGM.

The NTCA has today confirmed to Beef Central that Sturt Plateau cattle producer and agricultural scientist Tom Stockwell will stand as the sole candidate to replace Mr Warriner at the meeting on Thursday, March 26.

Alice Springs cattle producer Chris Nott, Alcoota Station is set to replace Mr Stockwell as the NTCA’s delegate to the Cattle Council of Australia, while former NTCA chair Rohan Sullivan will stand to become the association’s delegate to the National Farmers Federation.

Former executive officer Tracey Hayes took over as NTCA’s executive director in May last year after Luke Bowen stood down to pursue other interests.

Mr Stockwell is a former agricultural scientist who moved to the Northern Territory in 1978 to work with the NT Department of Primary Industry at Katherine.

Chris Nott will become NTCA's representative on CCA

Chris Nott will become NTCA’s representative on CCA

He enjoyed a 21 year career in research and extension associated with beef cattle grazing and native pasture management, gaining a Masters degree in Agriculture for research work carried out on cattle stations in the district in 1988.

For the last nine years of his time with the NT DPI he was the regional director at Katherine.

He bought his first cattle in 1987 and his first property in 1989, and over the past 20 years with his wife Bev and three children he has built a business which now runs about 7000 cattle on 850 sq km in the Sturt Plateau District south of Katherine.

He is also a former chair of the North Australia Beef Research Council.


NTCA 2015 conference program

The NTCA has also released the finalised details of its 2015 conference program:

Thursday March 26

Ladies Luncheon 9.00am-2.30pm – Parliament House

Annual General Meeting – Darwin Convention Centre 3:30pm-5.30pm (MEMBERS ONLY)

Consolidated Pastoral Company Welcome Drinks

Darwin Convention Centre 5:30pm-7.00pm

Friday March 27

Industry Conference – Darwin Convention Centre, 8am (Registration after 7am)

Elders Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Gala Dinner Darwin Turf Club, 6:30pm-1.00am

31st Annual Conference

Unlocking the North

Across the Territory it is a time of optimism within the cattle industry. Growing markets, Government cooperation and a positive start to the season, all promise to contribute to continued long term growth.

For 31 years is has been the charter of The Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association (NTCA) to protect the rights and promote the interests of its members. As we celebrate the positive production environment of the industry at our 31st Annual Conference and AGM we will also carefully consider how we plan for the future. We will hear predictions that the demand for protein will continue to increase around the globe – but that scientists hope to feed the world from laboratory. How can NT Producers remain competitive as technology changes the entire basis of the industry? How do we build on our proven resilience, tenacity and grit to remain relevant and prosperous for many years to come? The 2015 conference, held in Darwin proudly hosted by the Katherine branch of the NTCA will confront and challenge delegates and encourage the industry to work together to unlock the North achieve its full potential.


7:00- Registration

8:00 – Welcoming Address

David Warriner (NTCA President)

8:30 Opening address Hon. Willem Westra Van Holthe

9:00 – Dr Mark Post MD, PhD

Maastricht University Medical Centre

Tissue culture beef- feeding the world without farms

9:30 – Michael Ossipoff

Director of Capability and Innovation, Telstra

Adapting for the future-Are we positioned for change?

 10.00 Signing Ceremony MOU-Indonesian guests

10:30  Morning Tea

11:00 Dr David Watson

Senior Investment Specialist, Austrade

Seizing the Opportunity

11:30 Luke Chandler

General Manager, Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory (FAR), Rabobank Australia and New Zealand

Attracting capital to the North

12:15 Joel Fitzgibbon

Shadow Minister for Agriculture

Developing the North-How Bi-partisan is it?

12.15 Q&A- Matt Linnegar

12:30 Lunch

1:30 Richard Norton

Managing Director, MLA

Consumer Trends and vision for MLA

2.00 Ross Ainsworth

Beef Market Report

The Big Asian Picture

2:30 Future NTCA –reporting on their experience 12 months on from being identified as future leaders. This session will include a presentation from Dennis Hoiberg

Building Resilience –Coping and thriving through change

3.15 Afternoon Tea

3.30 Panel Session-The panel session will be facilitated by Matt Linnegar and include a line up from the speaker program and other industry leaders.

4:30 Conference close-Senator the Hon. Dr Chris Back

For more information visit the NTCA website here


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  1. Geoff Calder, 12/03/2015

    Well done Tom. I always knew you would come good eventually!
    Geoff & Marg Calder

  2. Douglas Robertson, 11/03/2015

    Good move Tom, and not before time. The NTCA is assured of a voice.. Well done to the retiring team during trying times.
    Doug and Jan Robertson.

  3. Geoffrey Beere, 10/03/2015

    congratulations to Tom and Bev from the Beere’s in Turkey, Thanks David Warriner and Rohan.
    Geoffrey and Selmah Beere

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