QUEENSLAND’S sheep, wool and cattle industry producer leaders will converge on Charleville to meet members and attended a drought support forum later this month.
The south-western Queensland town will host AgForce sheep and wool, and cattle board meetings on July 26, followed by a free community drought support forum on July 27.
The free forum is open to everyone and is being delivered under the Queensland Government’s Community Drought Support program.
Key topics at the forum will include new DEXA meat measuring technology, livestock genetics, workplace health and safety, ‘happiness from the inside out’, farm planning and business analysis, and farming in digital times.
AgForce south west regional director Guy Newell said the organisation’s cattle board and sheep and wool board would hold their regular board meetings in Charleville and then stay on for the forum.
“This is the first time these two boards have met in the one place at the same time and they will come together for a half-day joint meeting to discuss issues common to both sheep and cattle producers such as biosecurity, transport and the impact of wild dogs,” he said.
“Holding these meetings in Charleville rather than Brisbane will give grass roots members greater access to their representatives on the two boards, with a regional dinner and a members’ breakfast also planned over the two days.”
AgForce drought project manager Tahna Jackson said the ‘Managing Risks: Securing the Future’ forum at the Charleville Racecourse aimed to provide social support to farming families as well as tips and tools to improve their business and revitalise their health.
“The prolonged and severe drought has taken an enormous financial, environmental and emotional toll on farming families right throughout Queensland,” she said.
“Areas around Charleville are now into their fifth year of rainfall deficits, and this free forum provides an opportunity for people to come together to learn about new industry developments, and receive some advice and support during these challenging times.”
For more details and to register for the ‘Managing Risks: Securing the Future’ forum in Charleville, the regional dinner with keynote speaker Anna Daniels and/or the AgForce members breakfast visit the events calendar on AgForce’s website or click here: http://bit.ly/2tHl4yD