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Milk Tooth Muster Forum Program

Suncorp Bank Milk Tooth Muster Seminar and Networking Breakfast

Beef Australia 2012, James Lawrence Pavilion, Rockhampton Showgrounds, Friday 11 May 2012

Forum Chair:  Troy Constance, Suncorp Bank, Regional General Manager, Central Queensland.

Tickets to the breakfast forum are $20 and will go on sale February 16 - click here to purchase your ticket online.

Keynote speakers

Troy and Stacy Hadrick

Fifth generation US cattle ranchers, Troy and Stacy Hadrick, have a goal to get producers to tell the positive story of agriculture.  Hailing from South Dakota, USA, the couple recognised the best way to combat any negativity towards agriculture was to stand up and tell their own story.

In 2006, Troy and Stacy decided that they needed to share the importance of speaking up and have since presented at many events around America giving local producers the inspiration to start a conversation about the red meat industry.  As ranchers themselves, the Hadricks will motivate Australian young producers to stand up and tell their own story.

Stacy is from a breeding, trading and stud bull business, and Troy grew up east of the Missouri River in a farming/ranching community whose economy depends heavily on agriculture.

The Hadricks are “promoting agriculture, one story at a time”.

Rob Cook

Rob Cook believes life is all about ‘Taking the Bull by the Horns’ - no matter the circumstances.

As a champion bull rider, Giro pilot, cattleman, with a beautiful wife, Sarah, and as a father of two, Rob felt he had the world at his feet.

However, in 2008, Rob was involved in a helicopter accident while mustering cattle on his family's remote cattle station, refining him to a powered wheelchair, with no movement or feeling, from the shoulders down.

Rob's remarkable ability to overcome extreme adversity, has touched the hearts of all who come in contact with him.

Rob continues to live and work on Suplejack Downs Station,  Australia's most isolated cattle station which stretches across  the Northern Tanami to the Southern Kimberley and Eastern Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

Three years on from his accident and Rob's aspiration and determination has seen him become the first person to cross the remote Tanami track (730 km NT) in a wheelchair.

Rob also became Nuffield Australia's 255th scholar. This enabled Rob to travel the globe in search of innovation and technologies in the beef industry. Rob used the scholarship to assist his future on the land, as well as seeking opportunities for other injured Australian farmers.

Rob's zest for life is beyond belief and he would rather ‘attempt something great and fail’, than ‘do nothing at all and succeed’.

Rob's latest achievements consist of NT & National Pride of Australia Courage Medal. He was also presented the NT Local Hero Australia Day award.

Time Subject Speaker
8am Breakfast  
9.10am Forum Overview Troy Constance
Suncorp Bank, Regional General Manager, Central Queensland
9.15am Message from Suncorp Bank – supporting next generation of beef producers Greg Leahy, National Agribusiness Manager
9.25am Taking the bull by the horns - how a young family has endured while living on and managing Australia's most remote cattle station and the life shattering events surrounding a helicopter accident. Rob Cook
Suplejack Downs Station
(Northern Tanami, Southern Kimberley, Eastern Pilbara and Middle of nowhere. - Australia's most isolated cattle station.)
10.15am Morning Tea  
10.30am  How to 'agvocate' - talking the talk and walking the walk
Interactive workshop sessions:
  • the elevator speech
  • the message map
Troy and Stacy Hadrick
Advocates for Agriculture
Fifth generation US cattle ranchers,
South Dakota

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Troy Constance
Suncorp Bank, Regional General Manager, Central Queensland


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