Beef Australia 2015, the biggest and most comprehensive cattle industry expo in Australia, has received a $2.5 million boost from the Federal Government, with Federal Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce confirming the funds.
In his media release, the Minister pointed out that with the funding, the Federal Government has delivered on a key election commitment and is committed to building strong rural and regional communities.
The event is set to take place May 4th to May 9th, 2015 in Rockhampton in Central Queensland- the “beef capital”.
“This is the largest and most significant cattle industry event in the country. It’s a chance to show off our highly skilled and dedicated producers along with the quality of Australian cattle and beef. The beef industry is facing a range of challenges which is why it’s vitally important that we promote our beef and beef producers to the nation and the world,” Minister Joyce said.
“I am always working to improve market access and to improve farm gate returns to ensure that this $7.4 billion industry continues to grow and that all sectors in the supply chain remain viable well into the future.”
In 2012 Beef Australia attracted more than 85,000 people from all over Australia, as well as delegates from more than 25 countries.
“Beef Australia 2015 is expected to be bigger and better than ever and will provide a very welcome boost to our region’s economy, generating millions in additional turnover for our small businesses, accommodation providers and other industries for months either side of the event,” said Federal Member for Capricornia, Michelle Landry.
“It is beneficial for the whole beef industry, from paddock to plate, and everywhere in between. This investment shows we’re 100 per cent behind agriculture and I am pleased with the government’s delivery on this vital election commitment,” said Federal Member for Flynn, Ken O’Dowd.
According to the media release by Beef Australia, the 2015 event will be a platform for the development of all levels of industry, by growing new export markets, educating producers on the latest production techniques, and engaging with consumers about the great taste and nutritional benefits of beef.
“The Beef Australia 2015 program will be an exciting opportunity to advance all levels of the industry – producers, processors, retailers and industry bodies. The event will again showcase Australia’s top-quality cattle through the stud, commercial and carcase competitions, as well as assist in the adoption by producers of the latest in industry research through the conference, seminars and property tours to help drive real productivity growth,” said Beef Australia Chairman Blair Angus.
For more information on the event, go to www.beefaustralia.com.au.