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Beef Australia 2015 ends with a bang

Posted on May 8th, 2015

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has made a whistle-stop visit to open a packed final day of Beef Australia 2015, featuring television stars, sporting legends and the tough as teak athletes of PBR Australia.

Accompanied by Beef Australia chairman Blair Angus, Mr Abbott toured the Rockhampton Showgrounds and met with leading local producers as well as school students from throughout Queensland who were competing in the Young Cattle Paraders competition.

“It was great to be able to show the Prime Minister in person how Beef Australia is bolstering the capacity of the Australian industry and the local economy through our education and trade programs,” Mr Angus said.

“This week has set a new benchmark for the industry with more than 1000 international visitors from 55 countries eager to meet and do business with suppliers from the Australian industry, opening the way for increased exports for the Australian economy.

“The event has also delivered a valuable boost to the local economy with the region’s motels booked out, and the community has in turn embraced the event, turning out in big numbers for our restaurants and live entertainment, including 4000 people expected at tonight’s PBR Australia event.”

Beef Australia is the national cattle industry exposition and is held just once every three years in Rockhampton, Queensland, to showcase all facets of beef production and facilitate new trade and export opportunities.

The Commonwealth Government is a principal partner of Beef Australia, along with the Queensland Government, Rockhampton Regional Council, and Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA).

The final day of the event also featured guest appearances by sporting legends Craig Lowndes and Adam Gilchrist at the Suncorp Sportsman’s Lunch, Ian Healy at the Commonwealth Bank Big Breakfast BBQ Bash, while television star Mary Coustas enthralled the crowd at the NAB Ladies Luncheon.

The Beef Australia 2015 cattle competitions culminated at Thursday’s interbreed judging in the Landmark Stud Cattle Championships, with the grand champion bull title going to the Brahman Raglan Victory, bred by Andrew and Roxanne Olive, of Raglan Station, Raglan, Qld; and the grand champion female title awarded to the Charolais Crathes Estella 32 exhibited by Glen Waldron & Kim Groner, Elite Charolais, Meandarra, Qld.

The next Beef Australia event will be held in Rockhampton, Central Queensland, in May 2018.

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Media contact: Michael Thomson, Cox Inall Communications, 0408 819 666

Photo captions – Image 1 Prime Minister Tony Abbott opened the packed final day of Beef Australia 2015.

Image 2: The grand champion female title at Beef Australia’s Landmark Stud Cattle Championships was awarded to the Charolais Crathes Estella 32 exhibited by Glen Waldron & Kim Groner, Elite Charolais, Meandarra, Qld.