Tech and innovation to take centre stage at Beef2024

Published 08 April 2024

Technology and its potential to optimise the cattle industry will be one of the most impactful points of discussion at Beef2024 through the NBN Tech & Innovation Talks Program, featuring tech providers and thought leaders from across the country.

Almost 50 sessions over five days will include addresses, panel discussions and demonstrations touching on key topics relevant to innovation in beef production and land management, housed in the architecturally designed, inflatable Air-beam Dome.

Beef Australia Chief Executive Officer, Simon Irwin, said there would be a particular focus on carbon through the dedicated “Carbon Conversations” series each morning.

“With the support of NBN, we’ve developed a program that will deliver one of the most comprehensive discussions on technology and the benefits and challenges to agricultural production in Australia,” Mr Irwin said.

“Topics covered will range from regional communications and first aid to remote water monitoring, assessing land and plant condition and environmental stewardship, with a deep dive on carbon.

“The beauty of these sessions is how they are highlighting the practical ways the industry is working on bringing the benefits of technology to the farm level.”

Carbon Conversations

The daily one-hour sessions will delve deep into the latest methods and trends in measuring, mitigating and sequestering carbon on beef cattle enterprises as the industry continues to make strides towards its target of being carbon neutral by 2030 (CN30).

Carbon Conversations will feature a different expert each morning and begin with the basics of how to start calculating emissions. The following days will canvass developments in methane inhibitors, reveal how large commercial ranches in the United States are addressing climate and environmental challenges, explain Australian Carbon Credit Units, and break down the critical differences between insetting and offsetting emissions.

Mr Irwin said putting tech and innovation at the heart of the Beef2024 program was a conscious focus for this year’s event.

“Beef Australia exists for the advancement of the Australian beef community and provids a platform to showcase the very best of our industry,” he said.

“Innovation is one of the four pillars that underpins our approach to Beef2024 because our industry has a long and proud history of embracing innovation and adapting new technologies to our unique environment and production systems.”

NBN Executive Manager Health and Agriculture, Robert Hardie, said technology and innovation were essential to the future of Australian agriculture.

“Australian farmers have always been at the forefront of technological adoption, and the Tech Yards gives them a one-stop shop to see the latest innovations that will help to boost agricultural productivity,” Mr Hardie said.

“nbn is delighted to once again be supporting the Tech Yards and Tech Talks at Beef 2024.”

Agriculture Minister, Murray Watt, said the Federal Government was proud to be a presenting partner of Beef2024 and to continue its support of the Australian beef industry.

“We are delivering on this commitment by making critical investments in our biosecurity systems, supporting vital research on climate and sustainability, and improving our relationships with key trading partners,” Mr Watt said.

Queensland Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries and Minister for Rural Communities, Mark Furner, said adopting the right technologies was critical to the industry’s growth.

“Queensland has invested heavily through initiatives like the AgTech Roadmap because we know that key industries like beef production will need to stay at the cutting edge to compete with producers across the world,” Mr Furner said.

“Industry is stepping up to the big challenges of climate change and global competition and the NBN Tech and Innovation Talks Program will be a wonderful showcase of practical innovation happening now.”

Beef Australia is proudly presented by the Australian Government and the Queensland Government.

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