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Future Beef Reasearch: A Glimpse Round the Future

11 December 2008

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA - The redirection of research capital into new and upgraded facilities to take the beef industry into the future is a progressive move that has been developed in a co-operative approach between the Department of Primary Industries and Fisheries and AgForce.

In Townsville today for the announcement, AgForce president John Cotter said proposed changes to beef industry research infrastructure will see an appropriate injection of capital into new facilities that can foster research outcomes for the next generation of productivity gains.

“AgForce received a commitment that any funds realised from the sale of assets would be reinvested, in consultation with industry, and not disappear into consolidated revenue and it was on that basis AgForce agreed to participate in the Fresh Approach process,” Mr Cotter said.


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"Queensland is large and geographically diverse therefore its beef industry research needs to be undertaken in a range of areas."
AgForce president John Cotter

“It was clear that many of our existing facilities were aging and badly in need of significant capital upgrades and funding for research, and we are pleased to be involved in reshaping Queensland’s rural research capacities.

“Farmers regularly undertake assessments of their assets and AgForce commends the department for its approach in working with industry in this way.

“In looking to the future for beef research, new facilities are required including a new cattle property capable of carrying 2000 breeders to undertake the scale of research required to meet the needs of the modern $4 billon Queensland beef industry.

“Queensland is large and geographically diverse therefore its beef industry research needs to be undertaken in a range of areas. That is why AgForce supports the investment of funds into the Australian Agricultural College Corporation’s properties at Emerald and Longreach, and Brian Pastures at Gayndah which is renowned for it research contribution in the past.”

In addition to the beef research revamp, during the past six months AgForce has also been involved in reshaping Queensland’s capacity for research into sheep and wool, and grains.

“AgForce will continue working closely with the DPI&F to ensure the implementation of its Fresh Approach strategy delivers the modern and relevant research it proposes, and to position the industry to meet future challenges,” Mr Cotter said.

“We congratulate Minister Tim Mulherin on being prepared to make decisions to invest in the future of the industry, and will continue working with the department to finalise the research strategy for the grain and sheep industries.”

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