COMPLETE ATTENTION: Attendees from around the Western Downs and further listening to one of the many quality speakers at the Intensive Animal Industry Conference hosted by TSBE Food Leaders Australia in Dalby on Thursday March 7.
COMPLETE ATTENTION: Attendees from around the Western Downs and further listening to one of the many quality speakers at the Intensive Animal Industry Conference hosted by TSBE Food Leaders Australia in Dalby on Thursday March 7. Shannon Hardy

Learning from the experts

EVERYTHING from innovation on the farm to animal welfare was discussed at the TSBE Food Leaders Australia Intensive Animal Industry Conference at the Dalby Events Centre on Thursday, March 7.

Speakers from different sectors, all with some part to play in intensive animal industry, covered the topics and took questions from the TSBE members in attendance.

General Manager of TSBE Food Leaders Australia Bruce McConnel said the day went really well with a good breadth of topics.

Mr McConnel said Matt Norton from Premise Agriculture's talk credited how well Western Downs Regional Council were doing from an independent source.

"But also to acknowledge there's a lot more we as an industry should be doing in that planning space,” Mr McConnel said.

Mayor Paul McVeigh said the day was fantastic.

"One of the great things about the Western Downs is that we can put great events on in a facility like this,” Cr McVeigh said.

"The first criteria is to have the venue, the second criteria is to bring people that are really serious about intensive ag, come together and talk about partnerships.”

In response to Mr Norton's comments on the council's rural planning, Cr McVeigh said the council brought the new regional plan together in July last year and they were already reviewing it.

"It's a living document and every six months we have the capacity to review that whilst it does take a bit of time,” Cr McVeigh said.

"This morning we've had quite a few compliments on our plans, we've also had a couple of challenges which is great to hear.

"That's what today is about, hearing how we can go about improving everything for everyone so we can have more business in our region.”

While the conference had a good turnout, Mr McConnel said he would have liked to see more industry people on the day but understood that due to the drought they could not all attend.

"But we have good growth in number of associated industry professionals here so at least they'll be able to take the message on further for us.”

Mr McConnel said for next year's conference he would like to get more industry leaders to speak as those panels were really well accepted this year.


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