March CEO Round Up

Published 14 March 2023

Huge response to Beef Connections

We have been delighted with the overwhelming response to the call for entries to the 2024 Graeme Acton Beef Connections program.

Indeed, this year we have the most applications ever received in the 10 years since the program began. Short-listing of the 73 is underway, and I can assure you it is a highly competitive and very difficult process due to the quality of applicants from across the full spectrum of the beef industry.

The ten successful candidates will be announced in April with the first face-to-face session beginning in May.

Carcase competition kicks off

Preparations for Beef Australia’s major cattle competitions are progressing apace with the three committees charged with the organisation all hard at work, and one of the competitions about to open nominations.

The National Carcase Competition Committee for Beef24 have introduced a new open class of unrestricted feeding for export chiller steers or heifers of any breed at 360kgs or heavier. This will give producers who target long-fed markets the opportunity to benchmark their cattle against the best in the industry. Nominations for this competition will open in early April – details are available here.

Don’t miss the party

Membership of Beef Australia comes with a list of benefits that includes early access to tickets, the ability to stand for and vote in board elections, and admission to special areas during Beef 2024. One particular benefit is time dependent, and it is an event not to be missed.

All members will receive an invitation to one of our launch events to mark 12 months to go to when we open the gates to Beef 2024. These events will be held in Rockhampton, Brisbane, and Armidale, and will give you an early look at the exciting new elements of the 2024 Beef Australia program. You need to have renewed your existing membership or taken a new membership by March 31 to qualify for an invitation. You can find out more here.

New history of the Cracow/Theodore area

Louise Joyce, wife of the late Burnett Joyce, life members of Beef Australia, has fulfilled a promise she made to her husband and finished a book he had been working on, “The Way Things Were”. Louise said she and Burnett wanted to capture those yarns and stories from Burnett’s (and later our shared) life on and around Gyranda.

The plan was to explain the way things were for future generations, but the book also captures something of the flavour and character of their lives; the hard working, hard living and hard laughing done and the characters with whom it was done. It touches on the local area and the history of the townships of Cracow and Theodore, as these were the nearest centres for shopping, socializing and providing services for the pioneers who had made the Dawson their home.

Louise is seeking expressions of interest from people who would like to purchase a copy so a number for the print run can be established. Please email Louise directly at to register your interest.

Staff changes

Welcome back to Emmagen, our Marketing and Communications Manager, who is returning from maternity leave this month. We also welcome Melody, Administration Officer, and Gabby, Stakeholder Experience Coordinator, to the team.

We’d also like to farewell Cassandra, who covered the Marketing and Communications Manager role for the past five months. We all wish Cassandra, her husband James, and son Artie all the best.

Until next time.



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