Expo returns

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After such a successful year last year it’s no wonder the Northern Beef Producers Expo is kicking off for another round this year and organisers say it could be even bigger.

Northern Beef Producers Inc. President Martin Holzwart says the early feedback is suggesting the event has grown and the committee are excited about the future of the event.

“We were pleasantly surprised with the number of people we had in attendance (last year), we had over 300 people at the expo and we were really happy about that,” Mr Holzwart says.

He says the success of the event is down to the unique nature of it.

“We have that blend of having presentations from industry renowned speakers, a really good trade exhibition and some innovative demonstrations, so it’s quite a unique event which I think was a major part of its success in its first year,” he says.

The theme for this year’s expo is ‘grazing into the future’ and the speakers will be discussing topics pertinent to the growth of the Northern beef industry.

The organising committee from last year’s event, with the addition of some new faces, has since formed the incorporation ‘Northern Beef Producers Inc.’

“The committee have secured an impressive line-up of speakers for this year’s event. Our speakers for this year’s event include Bill Loughnan, a professional with commercial law firm Thynne + Macartney, who will provide beef producers with insights on how to prepare their business for succession planning,” he says.

“We will have an industry specialist discuss improving consumer perspectives of animal welfare in the northern beef industry.”

“NT pastoralists Steve and Rebecca Cadzow will share their journey of implementing new and emerging technologies on their central Australian property and the benefits they have derived from it.”

“Nigel Tompkins from Meat and Livestock Australia will provide an update on the latest research and development occurring.”

The event will be held on Friday and Saturday, 4th and 5th, of March at the Charters Towers Showgrounds.

“The event really is a combination of key note speakers, trade exhibitions and practical demonstrations that all are focussed around innovative techniques and technologies for the northern beef industry,” Mr Holzwart says.

“There will be a great variety of trade exhibits on display making it an event for the entire family.”

The goal of the committee was to create an event “run by industry, for industry” and it’s certainly succeeded so far.

Looking into the future they’re hoping the growth of the event continues, bringing more people into the Towers which can only be good news for the town.

“Not only did we have a really good number of producers coming in we also had around 50 trade exhibitors in 2015,” he says.

“The trade exhibitors last year were a good mix of local businesses and additional beef industry services from afar.”

“The event bought people into the Charters Towers community, increasing revenue and bolstering the local economy.”

The event has already expanded from last year’s single day event to this year being across two days.

At 6pm on Friday March 4, a ticketed social evening of fun and entertainment will take place at the Arthur Titley Centre.

The event will be headlined by Australian comedian and entertainer Jean Kittson with the theme ‘blue jeans and bush belles’.

Details on how to register for the evening event will soon be released on the Northern Beef Producer Expo Facebook page.

The committee are still calling on interested businesses to exhibit their producers and/or provide sponsorship to the event.

For more information email the committee at northernbeefproducersinc@gmail.com.