A drive for the future of beef production in Australia and a willingness to consider innovative management strategies drew 130 young cattle men and women to Roma for the 2016 Young Beef Producers’ Forum today.
The forum, which runs across two days, began with a property tour of Warrick and Kell Freeman’s Meeleebee Downs in the Roma district.
Attendees made the trek to Meeleebeee Downs via bus and were treated to insight into Mr and Mrs Freeman’s operating strategies and the ins and outs of their 24,300 hectare enterprise.
Of note was the ample amount of water infrastructure on the property with 180 troughs and about 100 dams ensuring Meeleebee Downs is, in Mr Freeman’s words, near drought proof.
The group travelled back to Roma for an introduction to exhibitors present for the two days before joining the AgForce session titled bright ideas, better ways.
The session featured presentations from industry representatives Lisa Lonsdale of Lonsdale Agribusiness, Kirsty McCormack, OBE Organic, and Janet Reddan from Point Lookout feedlot, Roma, who each questioned the audience on their willingness to step outside comfort zones while encouraging the transformation of industry passion to productivity.
With a further 50 attendees expected for tomorrow’s presentations the 2016 forum is shaping up to be the best of its 12 year existence.