Last days to register for next Tuesday’s Northern Beef Steakholder Forum

Beef Central, 16/07/2013

A major cattle industry forum will be held in Mt Isa next Tuesday.

The Northern Beef Steakholder Form is a joint initiative of Cattle Council of Australia, Meat & Livestock Australia, AgForce Queensland and the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association.

The free six-hour forum will provide an overview of cattle industry structures and how moves to restructure the industry are progressing, updates on northern research and development and market access, including live export;  the new Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System, education on social media, as well as an open panel Q&A session with industry leaders.

A range of organisations will also have stands at the forum including the Queensland Rural Adjustment Authority, the Queensland Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry, the Rural Financial Counselling Service and the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The RFDS will also have a doctor and nurse available to talk to delegates about well-being issues throughout the day, while a rural financial counsellor will be on hand to help people set up home meetings following the forum.

The range of expertise available will also mean that producers will be able to receive any information they need about drought assistance in one place.

Speakers at the forum include Queensland agriculture minister John McVeigh, Cattle Council of Australia vice-chair Peter Hall and chief executive officer Jed Matz; AgForce Queensland president Ian Burnett, chief executive officer Charles Burke and cattle board president Howard Smith; NTCA president David Warriner and executive director Luke Bowen, National Farmers Federation vice president Brent Finlay; Australian Livestock Exporters Council chief executive officer Alison Penfold; Northern Territory Live Export Association chief executive officer Bernie Brosnan; Meat & Livestock Australia Indonesia region manager John Ackerman; MLA on-farm production manager Wayne Hall;  University of Queensland researcher Dr Wendy Williams and Rayner Ag founder Alastair Rayner.

The open forum will be facilitated by Beef Central publisher Jon Condon.


The Northern Beef Steakholder forum will be held at the Mount Isa Civic Centre from 11am to 5pm on Tuesday, July 23, followed by a networking function at which all are welcome.

The forum is free but registration is essential – RSVPs by July 17 to 02 6269 5600 or email

Buses have been organised from Hughenden and Longreach return, as well as a courtesy pick up from the Mt Isa Airport. 


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