Formerly known as Northern Beef Futures, the project was reviewed in 2017/2018 to place a stronger focus on initiatives that deliver the greatest return on investment, including innovative new crop trials, improving regional infrastructure, supporting practice change within industry, and policy development that will lead to improvements in productivity.
The review also resulted in a more targeted approach to capturing new international markets, integration with other department land, water and agriculture development projects and creating more strategic links to supply chains in WA southern regions.
The Northern Beef Development project has three key pillars:
The collective outcomes of these pillars will provide the building blocks for a stronger, more diverse and resilient beef industry in the north.
Applications open for a new round of Business Improvement Grants (BIG) to assist pastoralists in northern Western Australia to access a boost to their cattle operations. Read more about Business Improvement Grants Round Two.
Field trials currently underway to breed a sterile leucaena variety as a high value food source to boost beef production and eliminate weed risk. Read more about the progress of these trials.
- A total of 48 pastoralists are currently undertaking projects funded through round one of the Business Improvement Grants program. Click here to see how these projects had a positive impact on farm operations and bottom line.
- BIG boost for northern beef businesses, 13 July
- Cattle tour to examine Midwest backgrounding tour, 25 June
- Inaugural BIG program twilight forum kicks off in the Pilbara, 22 June
- Training by Aboriginal women in beef industry to improve business competitiveness, 25 May
- Sterile leucaena research attracts international attention, 12 February