Producers beef-up down south

[June 2015]

Seven beef producers from Western Australia’s Gascoyne region visited the state's south-west recently to gain a better understanding of supply chain requirements and to investigate future branding opportunities for their beef.

The delegation visited Taurindi Beef, a backgrounding operation, feedlot and Harvey Beef’s processing facilities. The group also received a briefing on domestic product quality programs.

The tour was funded in partnership by Rangelands NRM and the Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project.  

Participant, Sean D’Arcy of Lyndon Station said the south west supply chain tour was of great value to the northern producers who attended and offered several alternative markets and opportunities for pastoral cattle from the Gascoyne and Pilbara.

Department of Agriculture and Food (DAFWA) Development Officer Rebecca Butcher was the tour guide for the two days and said that building relationships between processors and producers was an important step in integrating supply chains, a focus of the NBF project.

NBF is a four-year, $15 million project funded by the State Government’s Royalties for Regions program to transform the northern beef sector to become a more prosperous, sustainable and resilient pastoral industry through market diversity and improved business models and supply chains.

“Greater integration between the rangeland and agricultural beef industries will lead to greater value creation for the whole supply chain,” Ms Butcher said.

Rangelands NRM supported the project through State NRM funding to enable the Gascoyne producers to increase their knowledge of supply chain requirements and how they can assist processors by improving their compliance with market specifications to increase the value of turn off (livestock distributed to market).

Article by Alex Maslen, Executive Officer - Gascoyne Catchments Group Inc.

Images: 

1. Gascoyne catchment pastoralists with Geoff Pearson, Owner/Manager of Lake Preston Feedlot. 
2. Gascoyne catchment pastoralists with Tony Hiscock, Alcoa Farmlands Manager.
Images provided by Alex Maslen.