New cattle president outlines beef industry priorities

New AgForce Cattle president outlines beef industry priorities

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INDUSTRY LEADER: Central Queensland beef producer Will Wilson will step into the role of AgForce Cattle president next week.

INDUSTRY LEADER: Central Queensland beef producer Will Wilson will step into the role of AgForce Cattle president next week.

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Central Queensland beef producer Will Wilson will step into the role of AgForce Cattle president next week.

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INCOMING AgForce Cattle president says increased investment in biosecurity, the introduction of cattle lay pregnancy testing and embracing new technologies to improve productivity will be among his key priorities when he steps into the role from next Tuesday.

Mr Wilson, a 41 year old cattle producer from Calliope, takes over from Mitchell cattle producer Bim Struss, who is stepping down after 10 years on the AgForce Cattle board including the past four years as president.

The changeover will take effect after AgForce's annual general meeting on November 20).

Mr Wilson has been on the AgForce Cattle board for four years and has been vice-president since 2016.

"I'm a strong believer in ensuring the industry unites and works together to drive the best possible outcomes,” Mr Wilson said.

We need to take charge of our own destinies as much as possible rather than let others outside industry dictate to us. - Will Wilson, incoming AgForce Cattle president

“We need to take charge of our own destinies as much as possible rather than let others outside industry dictate to us.

"With new biosecurity laws putting more responsibilities on us as producers, it's important we understand what the changes mean for each of us individually and that we make them work for us. 

"It's equally important though that governments don't keep reducing their investment and services leaving producers ill-informed and exposed. Having a strong biosecurity system is vital to maintain market access and our clean, green reputation."

Mr Wilson said outdated regulations in Queensland were restricting the availability of skilled pregnancy testing services and he urged producers to voice their support for change during the current State Government consultation process.

"High fertility rates are crucial to the success of all beef breeding businesses, and producers need increased access to reliable and cost-effective pregnancy testing across Queensland," he said.

"Vets have nothing to fear from this change. AgForce is keen to work with vets to ensure a professional training and accreditation program is developed that ensures the highest standards of animal welfare and accuracy are met."

Mr Wilson said new technologies and the increasing availability of farm data were helping producers make good business decisions and he was eager to see more innovative practices adopted.

"Technology is transforming the way we farm and the research and development already underway and being planned in the future promises to drive increased production and efficiencies," he said.

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