BetterBeef conference returns to the south west

Producers can learn how to develop and grow their beef enterprise at the 2017 South West BetterBeef Conference, to be held at Agriculture Victoria Hamilton on Thursday 22 June 2017.

Agriculture Victoria’s Bindi Hunter said 2017’s conference would bring industry experts and producers together to share ideas on growing beef businesses and managing risks.

“Cattle producers have told us after previous conferences they value the practical information and the close interaction with technical experts, as well as making connections with other producers,” Ms Hunter said.

“At the conference we will discuss making smart decisions when it comes to investing back in the farm. This includes producers asking themselves what they want their farm to look like in the future and charting a path to get there.”

Damon Holmes from Meat and Livestock Australia will provide an overview of the beef market and producer David Webb-Ware will discuss how to set up finishing systems that help deliver stock in the off-season, or during short seasons.

Other topics include: how and where to reinvest on the back of a good year, presented by University of Melbourne’s Dr Bill Malcolm; succession planning with Mike Stevens from Meridian Agriculture; Queensland producer Peter Whipp will discuss capitalising on good times; and Agriculture Victoria’s Martin Dunstan will present on advanced livestock handling for better behaved weaners.

“The speakers will give great insight into the current climate of the beef industry, and what producers can be doing to make the most of high beef prices to help their business grow,” Ms Hunter said.

The Hamilton event will complement two other conferences to be held in Victoria during Winter 2017 – in Alexandra on 20 June 2017 and Bairnsdale on 15 August 2017.

Drik Drik producer Joe Liddle joined the organising committee for the event to ensure he was receiving up-to-date information to improve his farming business and to share learnings with other producers.

“The BetterBeef conference will give access to the latest information from experts at the top of their fields, with relevant and practical information for attendees to use on their farm. It’s also a great networking opportunity,” Mr Liddle said.

The conference costs $60, which includes conference notes, morning tea and lunch. An additional person from the same business is $40 and students are $35. Registration and tickets are available online until 19 June 2017 at

Source: Vic Government