The Future of Beef – a regenerative business showcase
May 11 @ 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm AEST
In a world where we are becoming increasingly aware of where our food is coming from, the demand for sustainable, nutritious and ecologically friendly products has never been higher. The Australian beef industry is in a prime position to take advantage of this expanding market, and a number of businesses are already capitalising by ensuring they have a good story to tell the consumer.
But how do we make the shift from mainstream industrial agriculture, where margins and resources are diminishing, to a system that works to regenerate both our environment and hip-pocket?
The businesses and speakers showcased in this seminar are leading examples of producers who run profitable, regenerative agricultural operations. Through sharing their relatable, real-life experiences and well-informed ideas on regenerative beef production – what’s worked, what hasn’t and where they see the beef industry in the future – these high calibre industry personalities will provide quality ‘food-for-thought’ for producers open to improving their landscape, productivity and bottom line.
KEYNOTE SPEAKER – Charles Massy, BSc PhD OAM
Author – Call of the Reed Warbler
Charles Massey gained a BSc (Zoology, Human Ecology) at ANU (1976), before going farming and developing a prominent Merino sheep stud business. His concern about land degradation and humanity’s sustainability challenge led to him completing a PhD in Human Ecology (ANU) in 2012.
He has chaired and served as a Director on a number of national and international review panels and boards of business, research organisations and statutory wool bodies, involving garment manufacture, wool marketing, R&D, molecular genetics and genomics.
Charles’ first two books told the history of the Australian Merino and his third book, Breaking the Sheep’s Back (2011), recounted the political destruction of the Australian wool industry. The latter was short listed in 2012 for the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Australian History and for the Ashurst Business Literature Prize. He also contributed a chapter to the ground-breaking anthology Fair Food (2015).
His new book, Call of the Reed Warbler: A New Agriculture – A New Earth (UQP Sept. 2017) concerns the emergence of a regenerative agriculture in Australia and its positive implications for both addressing humanity’s emerging Anthropocene crisis and also for human health (physical and mental).
In this keynote session, Charles will describe both his own experiences and those of others who have crossed the divide from conventional to regenerative farming practices.
Hear the stories of high calibre Australian beef producers who are leading the way in regenerative beef production. Names announced soon – stay tuned!
THE LATEST ADVANCES IN SOIL HEALTH – Dr Terry McCosker
Rounding out the seminar will be world renowned speaker, educator and researcher, Dr Terry McCosker, whose holistic approach to agriculture has revolutionised the grazing industry. Terry will speak on the latest advances in soil health and how they can be used to increase beef production and profitability.
SEMINAR CHAIR – David McLean
General Manager, RCS.
Gallagher Livestock Manager Room
James Lawrence Pavilion
Rockhampton Q 4700
Tickets for this event are $20 and can be purchased here: http://beefaustralia.com.au/tickets/. Please note that this ticket does not include entry into the showgrounds, and general admission tickets must be purchased at the gate on the day.