Rural Awareness Tour 2016 - South Australia
Cattle Council Rural Awareness Tour for 2016 was held in South Australia’s Limestone Coast area on April 11-15. The objective of the tour was to give key decision markers a first-hand understanding of the industry. This years participants represented a wide cross section of decision makers with industry personnel, government official and agribusiness staff all taking part.
The tour took in the entire red meat supply chain; from grass and grain fed production systems through to the processor, retail and food service sector. Participants inspected the Naracoorte saleyards, Teys Naracoorte processing plant, Struan Agricultural Centre, Oglivie Group’s feedlot, Mayura Station feedlot and went behind the scenes at a major supermarket. This insight across the whole beef industry enabled participants to see the interrelated nature of the industry and how issues within other segement of the industry have impacts throughout the whole beef value chain.
The tour also enabled the participant’s direct engagement with producers. The group was addressed by Limestone Coast Red Meat Cluster co-ordinator Ann Aldersey and participated in a Livestock SA producer forum at Lucindale. The forums enabled the participants hear presentations on a range of important issues to industry at all levels; local, state and national.