BeefEx a major success for industry

22 October 2018


It’s a wrap – the Australian grain fed beef industry’s premier event, BeefEx, was delivered to great success last week by peak industry body, the Australian Lot Feeders’ Association (ALFA). Delegates are now heading home after a jam-packed two days spanning 20 speakers, 4 social events, 6 networking sessions, 40 exhibitors, 16 sponsors, 6 awards and one mechanical bull championship.

In-coming ALFA President, Mr Bryce Camm, stated, “It was wonderful to see our Members embrace the program and be open to being challenged by new ideas and different ways of thinking.”

“The ALFA Events Committee did a great job at pulling together a program that looked over the horizon at some of the opportunities and challenges for our industry and including a number of high-profile international speakers who brought a fresh perspective.”

Stephen Scheeler, former head of Facebook Australia and New Zealand kicked off BeefEx with a highly engaging presentation which challenged delegates to be aware of potential disruptors to their industry.

Subsequent speakers maintained this momentum with thought provoking presentations on topics including synthetic meat, different funding models, the Internet of Things and trends in automation.

“We were very pleased that both The Hon. David Littleproud MP, Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources and The Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, Shadow Minister for Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry invested their time in attending BeefEx 2018 and met with delegates,” said Mr Camm.

“This shows just how much government values the feedlot industry, and the contribution it makes to Australia.”

A number of awards were made at the conference including the prestigious ALFA Life Membership Award, awarded to Jim Cudmore,the Young Lot Feeder of the Year Award to Ben Attewell of ACC’s Brindley Park Feedlot and the Excellence in Feedlot Education Medal, awarded to Jane Reid of Jindalee Feedlot.

A new venue, at the Royal ICC at the Brisbane Showgrounds, was welcomed by delegates who enjoyed the “Ekka atmosphere”.They also enjoyed a strong social program, with a Craft Beer Afternoon and Mechanical Bull Championship.

Impressively, the Gala Dinner auction raised $28,800 for charities, Life Flight and Girls Got Heart. The tradition of auctioning off the Condamine Bell used throughout the conference was a highlight, with the winning bidder, Mr Kev Roberts of Sandalwood Feedlot, taking home the bell after a lively auction performed in front of the 500 guests by Mr Andrew Talbot of Killara Feedlot.

“Putting on BeefEx is always a highlight for ALFA and it was great to see the whole industry come together and celebrate our industry’s wins,” Mr Camm said.