Rockhampton to host 2016 Northern Beef Research Update conference

Beef Central, 24/02/2016

ROCKHAMPTON will host the 2016 Northern Beef Research Update Conference in August, bringing together researchers, extension personnel, producers and other R&D stakeholders for the important triennial event.

Libby Homer

Libby Homer

Chairing the Rockhampton conference organising committee is Baralaba beef producer, Libby Homer, former chair of the CQ Beef Research Committee and a current member of the North Australia Beef Research Council.

“There are 2.2 million head of cattle in the Central Queensland region and there is significant investment and capacity in beef research, development and education in the Rockhampton area,” Ms Homer said.

Previous three-yearly conferences have been held in Darwin and Townsville. The theme of this year’s conference will be ‘It’s time to connect’, presenting a forum for all researchers across Northern Australia to present and discuss current and future work.

Ms Homer said producers were welcome to attend.

“It’s an ideal opportunity for producers to interact with researchers to access relevant research projects with real benefits for industry and individual beef operations,” she said.

“Our industry is forever changing to meet challenges, and in turn relying on research to underpin our response to those challenges.”

A passionate supporter of innovation, Ms Homer says there’s historically been poor connection between the research and production communities.

“The lines of communication between researchers and producers need to be strengthened and this is the ideal opportunity to start work on this,” she said. “The conference will look at where research has made a difference and how it is moving to keep abreast of the challenges ahead in the future.”

The triennial conference will be held from August 15 to 18. Full conference details and speakers will be published on Beef Central closer to the event. The program will include presentations from some of the industry’s leading researchers and a comprehensive interactive poster session of current research across the north.

The activity will also include a field trip to Belmont Station, showcasing some of the research being undertaken in the CQ region.

A formal dinner will host the presentation of the 2016 NABRC medals.


  • The Conference organising committee invites authors to submit abstracts for posters or three minute oral presentations at NBRUC2016. All abstracts must be submitted to the Conference Editor at by Friday, May 20.
  • Click here for more information on the conference



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