Young beef producers step up to the plate
THE next up-and-coming beef producers gathered in Roma for the 14th annual Young Beef Producers' Forum.
About 260 young men and women took part in the two-day forum where they heard from the industries leaders.
This year's theme "Stepping Up To The Plate”, provided a platform for attendees to explore different avenues in the beef industry.
As part of the forum, participants went on a property tour of John and Angela Frith's Glen Arden Cattle Co.
They then heard about investments shaping the future from Michael Crowley, Meat and Livestock Australia, the current competitive landscape from Brad James, Rabobank, and from David and Prue Bondfield, Palgrove Pastoral Co, about their business and operation.
Organising committee chairwoman Sarah Packer said it was impressive how the forum turned out considering the number of people who attended.
"I think this year was a younger crowd and I think the word is getting out there. It is a really good way to find out if they are keen to continue in the industry or build a career in one,” Ms Packer said.
"Guest speakers Prue and David Bondfield were unreal and I think everyone was intent on listening to them and their story.
"They are doing an interesting investment opportunity with a superannuation company in New Zealand.”
Thursday evening, guests attended the TopX YBPF dinner and auction at Explorers Inn where more than 280 people gathered.
"We had a record number of auction items with 22 items up for sale and we raised a phenomenal $15,655 which went to Start The Conversation and Youth Development,” Ms Packer said.
Guest speakers for the evening were the creators and the loud and proud work shirts Trademutt.
Builders Ed Ross and Dan Allen shared their story behind the workwear and how they encouraged people to speak up about mental health.