WITH a hungry Asia on our doorsteps, Australia continues to look at its ability to be a safe, high quality and reliable ‘delicatessen’ for the new emerging Asian consumer.
As Australia’s export markets continue to evolve, one farm sector industry which is capitalising on the returns is beef.
According to Meat & Livestock Australia, the Australian beef export record has now been broken for three consecutive years. Beef shipments for 2014 totalled 1.29 million tonnes – a staggering 17pc above the previous
high recorded just 12 months earlier.
“With Australia’s beef exports predicted to be around 70 percent of production in coming years, the future of the Australian beef industry is a positive one,” said Georgie Aley, chair of the Future Farmers Network.
To ensure the next generation of beef producers is equipped to capitalise on these opportunities, FFN will next week host its annual Young Beef Producers Forum in Roma, Queensland.
Having fast become the pre-eminent beef industry event for young producers, agribusiness professionals and soon to be new graduates, the 2015 Forum participants will gather under the theme of ‘Beef in the Box Seat’ and through a greater interactive program, aimed to provide greater insights to ensure the Australian beef industry remained in capable hands, Ms Aley said.
With more than 150 budding beef industry advocates descending on Roma next Thursday and Friday, November 19 and 20, the Young Beef Producers Forum will provide an informative and engaging networking opportunity for these passionate industry champions.
Key presentations will include a market outlook from Meat & Livestock Australia, an exciting story from the Toowoomba Surat Basin Enterprise which has producers investigating how to supply direct into Asia and include an engaging panel discussion around ‘how to jump start your career in the beef industry.’
A combination of farm tours, facilitated sessions and panel discussions will ensure the Young Beef Producers Forum has something for everyone.
The annual Auction Dinner will be held on the evening of Thursday 19 November which always attracts some laughs and raises funds for FFN to further provide educational opportunities to young beef industry participants.
With support from Westpac Agribusiness, Resource Consulting Services, Austsafe Super, Meat & Livestock Australia, The Right Mind and TopX tickets will again be popular.
To register for attendance or to obtain further information, click here.