Regional Beef Research Committees

NABRC is underpinned by eleven regional committees chaired by producers who represent their regions at NABRC meetings. The regional committees provide grass roots input to NABRC and are at the heart of its continuing success. Regional committees are made up of producers and local RD&E personnel from a wide range of organisations.

Chairs of the regional committees play a key role in developing RD&A priorities for MLA’s annual call for grassfed beef RD&A projects by providing advice relating to:

  • the strategic direction and principal components of the Program;
  • the design and management of RD&A projects, to ensure the full benefit of projects are captured;
  • RD&A funding and expenditure; and
  • communication of results to industry.

What is the role of regional committees?

  • Identify problems and needs that may be solved by research, development, education, extension and training.
  • Assess the relative importance of these identified needs and the potential benefits to the region.
  • Recommend research portfolio distribution at a regional level across providers as an efficient integrated strategy.
  • Assess the resources required for research, and recommend ways in which these may be acquired.
  • Ensure appropriate consideration of the likely impact of any new technology on the local environment in both the short- and long-term.
  • Facilitate the dissemination of research results to the region and to provide feedback on the adoption of new technologies.
  • Monitor the progress of research projects and programs in the region.
  • Provide input to participating organisations to assist with the development and review of strategic plans.
  • Provide input to assist the development of project proposals when necessary.
  • Encourage appropriate training for RBRC members.
  • Report to NABRC on achievements.

Contact your regional committee

If you are a producer and want more information about your local regional committee or to discuss RD&A priorities, select your region from the map to find the contact details for your regional committee Chairman or Secretary.

Central Queensland

Chairman

Swin Hudson
464 Tremere Belmont Rd, MOURA QLD 4718
Phone: 07 4997 3020
Email: swinmh@gmail.com

Secretary

Byrony Daniels
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
EMERALD QLD 4720
Phone: 07 4991 0867
Mobile: 0427 746 434
Email: byrony.daniels@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – Central Queensland

1. Uptake of information

  • Money invested in research is wasted if the findings are not adopted.
  • The uptake of information is an umbrella to all other priorities.
  • A review is needed to determine strategies and incentives for the uptake of information.
  • The positives for the adoption of technologies need to be marketed.
  • Business acumen is necessary.

For good uptake of technology presenters need to understand the triggers of change and how does the technology fit into the holistic picture. What is the new paradigm that is being presented? The industry producers are ageing and many need mentoring. Urgent needs outweigh the strategic requirements. The adoption of benchmarking is important. The culture of the industry is being threatened.

2. Nutrition

  • How do we get cattle to market specifications on time?
  • What do we supplement and when?
  • Matching appropriate nutrition for genotypes and markets.

3. Viable management for the environment

  • Producers have seen the different phases of the industry from the pioneering to development to the sustainable environment phase.
  • What does the industry want the landscape to look like?
  • What impression do we want to create to the whole community whilst remaining viable?
  • What are the implications of climate change on our enterprises?
  • We need to understand and have the community understand what responsible environmental management looks like.

4. Herd fertility

  • What are the factors that most affect fertility?
  • Is there a balance between genetics and nutrition?
  • 367 day calving interval is not acceptable
  • Breeders are so run down calving that they don’t get back into calf.
  • Reducing the generation interval and collecting large numbers of eggs.
  • What are the effects and frequency of disease?

5. Diseases and Parasites

  • The need for on-farm Bio security plans- templates need to be developed
  • Integrating NLIS into management
  • The impact of bio-terrorism
  • The use of virtual fencing and remote sensing for surveillance.

 

North Queensland

Chairman

Michael Lyons
“Wambiana Station”
CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820
Phone: 07 4787 6689
Mobile: 0409 893 041
Email: mmlyons@bigpond.com

Secretary

Bob Shepherd     (NB:  Joe Rolfe, DAF Mareeba is replacing Bob.)
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 976, CHARTERS TOWERS QLD 4820
Phone: 07 4761 5150
Mobile: 0467 802 430
Fax:  07 4761 5172
Email: bob.shepherd@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – North Queensland

1. Technology uptake and education

  • Incentives and constraints to management change.
  • Agricultural tertiary courses
  • Automated animal management systems
  • GPS/Virtual fencing technology
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) applications
  • Telemetry

2. Grazing and Land Management (GLM)

  • Grazing management systems.
  • Monitoring land and pasture condition (including water quality and biodiversity).
  • Woodland thickening.
  • Management of woody weeds
  • Biological weed control.
  • Management of pest animals (feral and native).
  • Development and management of improved pastures eg: stylo, Leucaena.
  • Carbon sequestration
  • Biodiversity relationships to GLM
  • Role of GLM as a surrogate for biodiversity

3. Herd Productivity and Management

  • Heifer/breeder management systems.
  • Bull management.
  • Breeding and genetics to improve productivity and market suitability. (gene market research)
  • Improving nutrition of grazing animals eg: grazing systems, supplementation
  • Maximising and monitoring disease threats eg: tick fever, exotic diseases.
  • Chemical audit and strategies to reduce chemical usage.
  • Carbon (methane) emissions from livestock
  • Animal welfare

4. Financial and Business Management

  • Property livestock and financial records for business planning
  • Management accounting/taxation accounting
  • Risk management
  • Succession planning – intergenerational transfer
  • Technology to streamline property record keeping and business management

5. Markets and Marketing

  • Future markets: where, specifications
  • Further market and product development for “grass fed” export beef
  • Future of live exports; eg: Asia, North Africa
  • Marketing alliances
  • Market threats; eg competitors, alternative products, food safety
  • Transport & food miles

6. Social and Regional Community Issues

  • Carbon emissions
  • Urban awareness and education.
  • Aboriginal issues.
  • Ecotourism
  • Workplace health and safety
North West Queensland

Chairman

Dan Lynch
“Tara Station”
CLONCURRY QLD 4824
Phone: 07 4742 5986
Email: danlynch@bigpond.com

Secretary

Karl McKellar
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
Mobile: 0418 189 920
Email: karl.mckellar@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – North West Queensland

  • Female reproduction
  • Improving live weight gain
  • Weed and feral animal control
  • Calf loss
  • Staff retention
South Queensland

Chairman

Andrew Gray
A-Bar-Dot Genetics
“Uambi”, TEXAS QLD 4385
Phone: 07 4653 1424
Mobile: 0428 531 424
Email: abardotgenetics@activ8.net.au

Secretary

Tracy Longhurst
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 102, TOOWOOMBA QLD 4350
Phone: 07 4688 1244
Mobile: 0427 378 442
Email: tracy.longhurst@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – South Queensland

1. Improving pasture productivity and management

  • Grazing land / pasture management
  • Decline in resource base
  • Soil fertility
  • Pasture growth & composition
  • Grazing land management
  • Productive paddocks (pasture, crop, legumes, Leucaena?)
  • Understand ecosystem
  • Best practices adopted – pasture management, grazing management
  • Animal performance on natural & improved pasture in South Queensland
  • Improved species – oats/barley, sorghum, pastures (grass, legumes)
  • Longevity of legumes in grazing pastures
  • Clover / medic winter herbage. Options for bloat control.
  • Change temperature control for medic to germinate early
  • Higher nutritional pastures
  • Pasture / forage rundown & management
  • Pasture run down options for regeneration
  • Stock grazing recording
  • Total grazing pressure – stocking rates & kangaroos, goats
  • Fence technology to control total grazing pressure
  • Feed (grain) supply

2. Image of Agriculture

  • Perceptions – better relationships between city and country
  • Grazier perception – not rapists’ of land but producers of food
  • Case study/success stories on sustainable production
  • Animal welfare practices need to be acceptable to the wider community
  • Minimising effects of government carbon emission policy on industry
  • South versus north in NABRC
  • Impacts of industries eg mining
  • National communities understanding of agriculture
  • Communication of what we do (NABRC & SQRBRC)

3. Marketing

  • Enhancing new and existing markets
  • Enhancing beef’s nutritional qualities
  • Improving meat quality
  • Social based marketing of our meat
  • Having counter marketing plans (to adverse information)

4. Reproduction and genetics

  • Sire trace bulls in extensive beef operations to assess genetic performance
  • Genetic evaluation of breeds other than Angus/Hereford/Brahman for various traits
  • Causes & control of calf loss from PTIC to weaning in southern QLD
  • DNA marker for spiral deviation in bulls
  • Breed cattle resistant to buffalo fly

5. Adapting to climate change

  • Climate change – understanding, adaptation, mitigation
  • Sequestration
  • Grass/tree balance
  • The mix of shrub-tree in productive grazing land

6. Extension & adoption

  • Efficient human capacity building
  • Better availability of information & trials of new technology to industry

6. Remote technology (labour saving)

  • Capturing technology for our benefit (eg observant)
  • Radio technology & cameras & night

7. Develop an understanding of our area – numbers, production, demographics.

  • Target ‘300’ – improve the efficiency of production
South-East Queensland

Chairman

Cam Hughes
“Malarga”, BROOWEENA QLD 4620
Phone: 07 4129 9222
Mobile: 0408 299 222
Email: cam.hughes@bordernet.com.au

Secretary

Damien O’Sullivan
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 23, KINGAROY QLD 4610
Phone: 07 4161 3717
Email: damien.osullivan@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – South East Queensland

1. Manage Carbon In the Northern Beef Industry

  • Carbon accounting on farm.
  • Determine how to accurately measure soil, and vegetation carbon on farm.

2. Managing natural ecosystems sustainably

  • Weeds eg lantana, African Love grass, Giant Rats tail grass creeping lantana.
  • Climate predictability – both short and long term
  • Improvement in short and medium term forecasts
  • Biological control of weeds and other pests – especially ticks
  • Continued research in rangeland management
  • Improved rumen function for greater feed conversion efficiency

3. Maintain a Quality Assurance program that produces healthy and nutritious products and promote these beef products in a way that encourages consumer demand.

  • A practical workable system of QA that includes:
  • Vendor declarations,
  • Livestock identification and records of chemical use and storage. (Livestock and farm chemicals)
  • Develop an extension, education and training program on the safe use, storage and transport of chemicals – a campaign that trains both end users and retailers.
  • Retailers adding expiry dates of products purchased to invoices.

4. Education and extension

  • Encourage all producers to adopt new technologies for natural resource management and production.
  • Devise innovative extension and education programs to achieve the above.
  • Promote an image of the beef industry as being environmentally responsible and sustainable
  • Promote our products as healthy and nutritious
  • Promote and educate the public that Animal welfare is an industry priority
  • Develop an education module for schools on the beef industry that is online and regularly updated.
Western Queensland

Chairman

Nina House
Fortuna Station
ARAMAC  QLD  4726
Phone:  0746 510 512
Email:  nina.house@harboursat.com.au

Secretary

David Phelps
Department of Agriculture and Fisheries
PO Box 519, LONGREACH QLD 4730
Phone: 07 4650 1244
Email: David.phelps@daf.qld.gov.au

Regional Priorities – West Queensland

1. Reproductive efficiency, reproductive wastage, low re-conception rates in first calf cows

  • Social research – why aygghqp’t producers doing the recommended practices?
  • What are the obstacles and what drives people to do what they do
  • Neospora – prevalence and whether a vaccine should be developed x region
  • Calf loss from conception to weaning
  • Poor re-conception in first calf cows

2. Diet quality, monitoring and economical strategic supplementation

  • Research into looking at lick intakes
  • Improving NIRS analysis accuracy with high browse diets
  • Diet selection and prefeygghqpce for certain species at certain times of the day

3. Animal care at saleyards and enroute

  • Damage to microflora at saleyards
  • Stress to cattle not being on feed and water
  • Effect of no feed at saleyards on meat quality or post-saleyard performance and the economic effects
  • Use of Maxitrans or similar electrolyte product at saleyards prior to transport
  • Pre-trucking training (training in small body trucks) – compare with animals that have never been trucked that go straight to the saleyards

4. Speed of removing horns from cattle

  • Stud industry update
  • No research issues
  • Primarily need to support the research that is being done. This work is being addressed to a great extent by Kishore Prayaga.

5. Tygghqpd of mining and food crops

  • Impact of mining on farm water quality impact on communities
  • Water quality effects on cattle productivity

6. Animal temperament

  • Develop temperament EBV’s for other breeds

7. Welfare from farm gate to terminus (saleyards, works, feedlot, spelling facility, etc.)

  • Measure cortisol levels in cattle going from one site to another and how stress levels are affected by training, water and continuous access to feed versus no access
  • How do we get welfare acted upon at saleyards where animals are turning up that aygghqp’t fit for travel? There is a law in place, however, this continues to happen – should animals be destroyed and owners be sent a bill.

Other issues raised

  • Public perceptions about transport of animals, animals held in saleyards with no access to feed.
Barkly Region - NT

Chairman

Ben McGlynn
Rocklands Station (Paraway Pastoral Company)
PO Box 12, Camooweal Q 4828
Phone: 07 4748 4966
Email: rocklands@parawaypastoral.com

Secretary

Casey Collier
Technical Officer – Pastoral Production
Department of Resources (DoR)
“Barkly House”
PO Box 159 TENNANT CREEK NT 0861
Phone: 08 8962 4483
Email: casey.collier@nt.gov.au

Regional Priorities – Barkly Region

Animal Welfare

  • Develop industry legislation, to ensure industry preparedness and protection against welfare lobbyist.
  • Continuation of polled gene inheritance research
  • Promote/facilitated uptake of genetics and welfare research by industry.
  • Promote best practice guidelines for husbandry procedures (MLA guideline)

Water Resources

  • Environmental impact of current stock water supply infrastructure
  • Impact of water quality on production
  • Diffeygghqpces in water quality between water sources (underground vs surface)
  • Sustainability of different industries utilising Barkly water resources

Weeds

  • Rubberbush as a high priority on a regional level (difficulty in attracting funding for research)
  • Rubberbush as an invasive threat to native grasslands, impact on value of land, quality of grazing land, cost of production, and best-bet control methods.
  • Rapid change in landscape as a result of weed infestations

Marketing

  • Marketing end product to ensure sustainability of the industry in the long-term
  • How to best influence consumer perception of the beef industry (marketing strategy)
  • More research on what messages will be best received by consumers (market research)
  • Promote the benefits of red meat by bringing science to the campaign
  • Move from industries title of ‘agriculture’ to ‘food and fibre production’ for better consumer perception

Herd fertility

  • Continues to be a key profit driver
  • Optimal time of year for calving for optimal herd fertility
  • Will current projects (CashCow) achieve the above outcome?
Central Australia - NT

Alice Springs Pastoral Advisory Committee & Beef Research Committee (ASPIAC)

Chairman

Nicole Hayes
“Undoolya Station”
ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871
Phone: 08 8952 1806
Mobile: 0417 885 710
Email: undoolya@westnet.com.au

Secretary

Chris Materne
NT Dept of Regional Development, Primary Industry, Fisheries and Resources
PO Box 8760, ALICE SPRINGS NT 0871
Phone: 08 8951 8135
Mobile: 0458 605 883
Email: chris.materne@nt.gov.au

Regional Priorities – Central Australia

Land Management

  • Incorporating appropriate rests for pasture after rain events
  • Using fire management to manage woody thickening
  • Soil erosion management and prevention
  • Controlling grazing pressure from both domestic and feral animals

Breeder Herd Management

  • Buying better bulls
  • Clean musters of mickeys – use of autodrafter at watering points?
  • Measuring performance of breeder herd
  • Improved weaning practices
  • Improved heifer management practices

Cattle Nutrition

  • Increased uptake of water medicators
  • Increased supplementation with phosphorus
  • Feed budgeting for cattle

New Technology

  • Increased search for technology that can result in cost savings or improved efficiencies on station – telemetry has been great for water point monitoring but what else can we do for other infrastructure requirements fences, weeds etc
  • Education in using new technology to increase uptake of the technology
  • Sourcing information from the internet – how can we ensure there is good information available on the web about management practices?

Business Management

  • Measuring the cost of production
  • Diversification of business income
  • Staff training – would stations benefit from a general station hand training program that their temporary staff could undertake?
Katherine Region - NT

Chairman

Jay Mohr-Bell
KATHERINE NT 0852
Phone: 08 8975 1106
Email: jay@panchobeef.com

Secretary

Kieren McCosker
NT Department of Resources – Primary Industries
PO Box 1346, KATHERINE NT 0851
Phone: 08 8973 9730
Email: kieren.mccosker@nt.gov.au  

Regional Priorities – Katherine

Weed control work
Biological control vs chemical control cost benefit issue over what period of time weed control work becomes cost effective and alternatives to chemical control.

Cost benefit of weed control work
Issue over what period of time weed control work becomes cost effective.

Herd fertility
Improving herd fertility for overall improvement in production.

Genetic gains
Recognising the diffeygghqpce between genetic and nutritional gains – what’s attributable to genetics versus nutrition.

Animal welfare
Welfare standard in respect to animal management and live export.

Control of native species
Species (such as macropods) are increasing due to pastoral/rangelands/infrastructure improvements.

Impediments for the uptake of information
How can these be addressed.

Tenure – subdivision issues on what is considered viable
What does it take to be viable?

Animal nutrition*
Raising nutrition without raising input costs.

Kimberley/Pilbara - WA

Pilbara Representative

Kerry (Joe) Paull
Noreena Downs Station
PO Box 568
NEWMAN  WA  6753
Phone: 08 9175 7047
Mobile: 0417 922 098
Email: kjpaull87@gmail.com

Secretary

Emma White
Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association
PO Box 3727, BROOME WA 6725
Phone: 08 9192 1840
Email: ceo@kpca.net.au

Kimberley Representative

To be appointed.

Email:

Secretary

Emma White
Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association
PO Box 3727, BROOME WA 6725
Phone: 08 9192 1840
Email: ceo@kpca.net.au

Regional Priorities – Kimberley

  • Economic and financial sustainability (management so can be continuing and can be profitable)
  • Managing heifers to get better growth
  • Animal welfare for commercial grazing and marketing systems

Regional Priorities – Pilbara

  • Involve as many pastoralists as possible in present research projects.
  • Improving family and whole community relationships.