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Regional Development Australia

Fostering Growth and development in the Western Australia northern beef industry

26 July 2017

Regional Development Australia Kimberley is assisting with the Western Australia (WA) Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project's Domestic Cattle Holding Yards Grants program.

This program will provide standalone yard facilities in the Kimberley, allowing for the movement of cattle south to domestic markets and, in the event of a disease outbreak or change in animal health status, not impact on the quarantine status of existing export depots in the region.

The NBF project is working to create more value for the WA beef industry by improving markets, businesses and productivity.

The former WA Department of Agriculture and Food, now part of the WA Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development, established the Northern Beef Development Centre in Broome in 2015 where staff work to support beef industry groups and producers, including connecting them with business advice and mentoring as part of the Business Improvement Grants program.

The project is also conducting weed risk assessment and pasture trials to determine whether improving fodder production using mosaic agricultural activities can create more value for northern beef producers and stimulating priority infrastructure development to expand and service the northern beef industry.

Early in 2017, the project welcomed Mariah Maughan. Mariah previously worked in the Kimberley as a ringer on Liveringa Station, where her passion for the beef industry began, before completing her Animal Science and Animal Health degree at Murdoch University in Perth. Mariah is excited about returning to the north to work with pastoralists as Development Officer for the project and is enthusiastic about contributing to the growing industry.

For more information, contact Trevor Price, NBF Broome Manager on 08 9194 1441. The Northern Beef Futures project is supported by Royalties for Regions.

Caption: : The Northern Beef Futures project Development Officer, Mariah Maughan