Organic meat suppliers in Australia may be set to benefit from funding recently announced by the government on July 16.
With the intention to support jobs in the cattle industry, $2.5 million has been flagged for funding into the next Beef Australia expo in Rockhampton, Queensland.
The joint media release was made by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and Joel Fitzgibbon minister for agriculture, fisheries and forestry.
The Beef Australia event is held every three years in Rockhampton and will next be held in the city on? May 4-9 2015. Here, suppliers from around Australia convene to collaborate, share ideas and news, and network with new contacts and importers.
In 2012, the event saw 85,000 people from 35 different countries converge on the city, which is part of what makes this the largest and most significant expo in the cattle industry.
A delegation of natural, grass-fed and organic meat suppliers will no doubt be in attendance as part of the industry that employs 184,000 Australians.
The funding is part of a larger $60 million package directed at securing jobs in the industry and promoting Australian meat onto the international stage, with a particular focus on improving trade opportunities between Australia and Indonesia.
During the last expo, cattlemen and women brought along some of the stars of the industry – the cattle themselves. In fact, there were over 30 breeds at the show with more than 4,000 cattle in attendance.
Seminars, property tours and displays are set to feature some of the newest ideas for innovative and sustainable practices that help to keep Australia in place as the second largest exporter of beef in the world.
With natural meat and other sustainable farming practices becoming more and more popular with the public, they will likely feature as part of this exciting event.