In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on feedlot industry and grainfed branded beef pioneer Robin Hart, founder of Stockyard Beef.
From humble beginnings in 1965 feeding a few hundred cattle for local butchers at his Berwick property near Jondaryan on southern Queensland’s Darling Downs, Robin’s Stockyard Beef business rose in parallel with the fortunes of the feedlot sector.
Robin talks about the evolution of the Australian feedlot industry over the past half century, the emergence of the Japanese market as a major customer for Australian grainfed beef, the drive for quality through grain finishing, the arrival of beef brands and product description, and more recent trends including diversification into Wagyu programs.
Check out our previous Weekly Grill podcasts here, including interviews with Grace Brennan, founder of ‘Buy from the Bush; Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann; Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack’s Creek Wagyu; veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell; retired non-packer beef exporter, Richard Rains; carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan from Impact Agriculture; Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop; stud cattle showing identities Gary Noller and Rob Sinnamon; veteran Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds; beef processing legend, ACC’s David Foote; Live export class action facilitator, Tracey Hayes; Signature Beef’s Blair Angus; Consolidated Pastoral Co chief and Livecorp chairman, Troy Setter; nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes; CCA independent northern and southern directors, Alice Greenup and Olivia Lawson; Australian Agricultural Co head Hugh Killen; Sydney independent red meat retailer Stephen Kelly; lotfeeder, Charlie Mort; processor and supply chain manager, Terry Nolan; livestock transport operator Ross Fraser; Organic supply chain manager Alister Ferguson; and our first cattle market outlook, with TEM’s Matt Dalgleish and Stockco’s Chris Howie.
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