Who’s Who in beef to hit Yulgilbar expo

Who’s Who in beef to hit Yulgilbar expo

Yulgilbar stockman Josh Costello brings heifers home.

Yulgilbar stockman Josh Costello brings heifers home.


August beef expo in Northern NSW attracts impressive line-up of speakers.


PROGRESSIVE northern NSW cattle operation Yulgilbar Pastoral Company’s August beef expo and forum is shaping up to be one of the premier industry events on the calendar for 2017.

Everything currently shaping the beef industry will be up for discussion, from the technology advancements that are changing the face of the game to the great controversies of the past year and the secrets of staying profitable as a trader on today’s market.

The event, on August 4, is expected to attract some of the biggest names in cattle and beef production and hundreds of producers.

The challenges facing the processing industry in what is arguably one of the toughest years on record will be put under the spotlight.

How the lotfeeding game is travelling amid rising grain prices and the continuing shortage of cattle supply will also be on the agenda.

Australia’s largest beef producer Australian Agricultural Company will share its ideas on vertical integration and Gina Rinehart’s Hancock Prospecting will also be represented on the topic of investing in Australian agriculture.

And in what will no doubt be a colourful session, Ian McConnel from environment outfit WWF will discuss the role of his organisation and whether it is negative to beef production.

The Myer family owned Yulgibar Station is run on 13,000 hectares around Baryulgil with three main operating hubs: the Homestead division with its intensive farming and an artificial insemination (AI) centre, the Broadwater division and Tooloonki, which operates as a separate entity.

It is home to an historic Santa Gertrudis stud and has been in agricultural and pastoral production for 177 years.

“While believing in maintaining and preserving our history, to be sustainable in the future we must adapt to change,” said general manager Rob Sinnamon.

Thus, the forward-thinking operation has always operated with a willingness to share knowledge in the beef industry.

Every three years, Yulgilbar hosts a field day which attracts, as speakers, some of the most respected people in beef.

“We all benefit from increased efficiencies and a stronger ag sector in Australia,” Mr Sinnamon said.

“Listening, learning and sharing information creates a healthy forum from which better solutions and innovation can grow.”

Yulgilbar's Rob Sinnamon.

Yulgilbar's Rob Sinnamon.

Mr Sinnamon said he was humbled by the depth of industry knowledge in terms of the speakers who had graciously accepted an invitation to be part of what was now an iconic event.

The “Who's Who” of the Australian beef industry would be sharing their insights and views, he said.

A long list of companies will also showcase their wares and Yulgilbar cattle will be on show.

The day kicks off at 9am at the Broadwater Division.

Register by July 21 on 66472101 or email yulgilbar@bigpond.com.

The line-up for the 2017 event:

  • Meat and Livestock Australia’s managing director Richard Norton: “What’s new at MLA?”
  • Cattle Council of Australia’s Howard Smith and Duncan Bremner: “What does the future hold for Cattle Council?”
  • Respected beef consultant Bill Hoffman: “Staying profitable as a trader in 2017.”
  • Yulgilbar Station’s manager Rob Sinnamon: “Yulgilbar in 2017.”
  • WWF’S Ian McConnel: “What role does this organisation play and are they negative to beef production?”
  • Hancock Prospecting’s Gina Rinehart: “Why invest in Australian Agriculture.”
  • NSW Department of Primary Industries’ director general Scott Hansen: “DPI and the big issues for NSW agriculture.”
  • The Red Meat Advisory Council’s Don Mackay: “RMAC and it role in the red meat industry.”
  • AACo’s Jason Strong: “Vertical integration in the Australian beef industry.”
  • Australian Lot Feeders Association president Tess Herbert:” The role of ALFA and the challenges the industry faces.”
  • Foundation Australian Beef Sustainability Group chair Prue Bondfield: “Lessons learnt for chairing the  steering group for developing a framework for Australian beef industry sustainability.”
  • Artificial breeding service consultant Ced Wise: “Reproduction.”

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