Producers come together in Moree for annual North West Beef Producers Forum

North West Local Land Services held its annual North West Beef Producers Forum in Moree on Thursday, providing producers with the opportunity to grow in their field and network with other producers and companies.

Around 50 producers attended the forum with eight speakers discussing everything from price projections, what they've learned over the last 12 to 18 months and new data and technology in the industry.

It's the third year the event has been run, changing locations across the north west region each year.

"Rather than having a lot of workshops run throughout the year, we try and put a lot of content into one day," North West Local Land Services senior land services officer and event organiser Naomi Hobson said.

"We have the trade fair here to give more opportunities for networking for both local people that service the region and the producers."

Ms Hobson said they try and keep the topics discussed seasonally relevant, with this year's event having a particular focus on the current drought, but also what to do once the drought breaks.

"Looking at, once we do get a break in the season, how can we make the most of herd rebuilding and sort of getting back on our feet," she said.

"Generating cash flow for our business and I think everyone that's here today is here because they do see the future and the fact that it will rain again one day and looking at, how do we get our businesses through now so we're in a good position to be able to make the most of it when we do get the rain." 


NSW Department of Primary Industries (DPI) development officer Jason Siddell spoke on the day about DeSire Bull, which is a new bull selection tool being dubbed as the new Tinder for beef cattle, allowing producers to make a better selection process on their bull purchases.

He said the networking aspect of these events is a major benefit to anyone who attends. 

"Social benefit is the big one, in times of drought," Mr Siddell said.

"There's a massive need to get out, talk to people and see what's happening in the industry.

"You're going to feel better, not only feel better inside yourself but there's greater potential for productivity and profitability going forward."

Tropical Beef Technology Services technical officer Tim Emery spoke about genetic technologies available that can be used to increase profitability within producers' businesses.

It was his first time at the event and he was keen to help other producers make informed decisions that will help them go forward into the future.

"Getting away from the farm is often very difficult, particularly in times such as this, however attending events like today provides an opportunity to mind feed, keep informed and share learnings with fellow producers which is valuable," Mr Emery said.