Tuesday 7 November 2017

The Board of the Red Meat Advisory Council (RMAC) will travel this month to the Red Centre to listen to the key issues and opportunities affecting Centralian beef businesses and the broader Australian red meat industry.

Red Meat Nation: Beyond 2017 will be held in Alice Springs on 22 November 2017 as part of Red Meat 2017, industry’s flagship event, which includes Meat & Livestock Australia’s (MLA) 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM).

Independent Chair of RMAC, Mr Don Mackay, said the forum was about how red meat policy makers can better work for Aussie red meat businesses to make better red meat regions.

“Absolutely everything is on the menu – we want to hear from local businesses about what they need from us to drive this 18-billion-dollar industry forward.”

“Whether it is trade, transport, innovation or how your levy dollars can be better targeted to tailored regional programs we want to hear from you.”

Mr Mackay added “Help us set the agenda for 2017 and beyond when it comes to policy, advocacy and industry priorities for your beef or red meat business.”

Red Meat Nation: Beyond 2017 will be held on 22 November 2017 from 10am at the Alice Springs Convention centre and is open to producers, agribusiness and members of the community. It will be MC’d by local Centralian producer, Mr Chris Nott, of Alcoota Station.

Mr Nott said the forum is about stepping back and looking at the bigger picture of the industry.

“So often it is so easy to get consumed with the day-to-day running of our beef businesses, but it is important to take a step back and think about what is happening in the world, and in Australia so we can set our businesses up for the next 100 years.”

“Engaging with decision makers right across the supply chain, from producers, lot feeders, manufacturers, retailers and livestock exporters is a critical part of that, especially for producers in Central and Northern Australia.”

Red Meat Nation: Beyond 2017 will feature Mr Nott, Mr Mackay, James Campbell, CEO of Sanger and AMIC Director, Lachie Hart, MD of Stockyard Beef & Chair of the Australian Meat Industry Council, the Honourable Simon Crean, Chair of the Australian Livestock Exporters Council and former leader of the Opposition, Rick Gates, President of the Goat Industry Council of Australia and goat producer and depot operator, Howard Smith, President of the Cattle Council of Australia and Central Queensland beef producer and Tess Herbert, President Australian Lot Feeders Association and co-owner of Ladysmith & Gundamain feedlots.

Further information and registration details on Red Meat Nation: Beyond 2017 can be viewed here: https://redmeat.mla.com.au/program.html.

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Media Contact: Anna Campbell, 0448 692 245, anna@rmac.com.au