BetterBeef Network Groups
BetterBeef groups involve 10 to 15 producers meeting on farm around six times each year. Each group has a coordinator, which the group selects from within the department or private industry. Each group is unique in that its members determine the elements of beef production that they want to focus on, allowing each group to tailor the program to their own collective requirements.
Joining/Forming a group
If you would like to enquire about a new group or joining an existing group, you can also contact the BetterBeef project leader Darren Hickey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Existing group listing
Group meetings are generally held on farm for a five hour duration and combine a mixture of inside and outside activities. Groups link to the national More Beef from Pastures program and select their own coordinator. Individuals within each BetterBeef Network group should be seeking to implement changes within their business and be willing to contribute to a group structure.
The following groups are currently across Victoria.
|BetterBeef group name||Group location||Producer contact||Group coordinator||Coordinator contact|
|Hamilton||Barwon South West||Mal Rowe||Graham R Lean, SBScibus||Phone: 0428 838 262 |
|South West||Barwon South West||Leigh McCarthy||Andrew Speirs, Mike Stephens and Associates||Phone:0428 685 172 |
|Western District||Barwon South West||Nick Moyle||Maria Crawford, DEDJTR||Phone: 0428 554 244 |
|ACE - Gippsland||Gippsland||Darren Hickey, DEDJTR||Phone: 0457 609 140 |
|Buffalo||Gippsland||Mal Cock, FarmDynamics||Phone: 0418 316 009 |
|Far East||Gippsland||Penny Gray||John Gallienne, John Gallienne & Co Pty Ltd||Phone: 0407 863 493 |
|Forge Creek||Gippsland||Anthony Simpson||Darren Hickey, DEDJTR||Phone: 0457 609 140 |
|Phillip Island||Gippsland||Faye Tuchtan||John Gallienne, John Gallienne & Co Pty Ltd||Phone: 0407 863 493 |
|West Gippsland||Gippsland||Chris Johnson||Fiona Baker, DEDJTR||Phone: 0429 935 572 |
|Ballarat||Grampians||Peter Everist||Nathan Scott, Mike Stephens and Associates||Phone: 0409 493 346 |
|Colac||Grampians||Jeanette Stebbins||Nathan Scott, Mike Stephens and Associates||Phone: 0409 493 346 |
|High Country||Hume||Kyn Lynch||John WebbWare, The Mackinnon Project, University of Melbourne||Phone: 0418 748 600 |
|King Valley||Hume||Lisa Warn, The Mackinnon Project, University of Melbourne||Phone: 03 9731 2375 |
|Mudgegonga||Hume||Hugh Forest||Chris Mirams, Chris Mirams and Associates||Phone: 0409 205 235|
Email : email@example.com
|Tallangatta||Hume||Chris Mirams, Chris Mirams and Associates||Phone:0409 205 235 |
|Upper Murray Agribusiness Group||Hume||Chris Mirams, Chris Mirams and Associates||Phone:0409 205 235 |
|Upper Murray Cow Girls||Hume||Gai Drumond||Kristy Howard, Inspiring Excellence||Phone: |
|Walwa||Hume||Brian Cumming, Brian Cumming Agriculture Consultants||Phone: 0411 139 556 |
|Arthur's Creek||Port Phillip||Julia Gibson||Tim Ekberg, Farming Answers||Phone: 0427 573 535 |
The concept of producer to producer coaching and mentoring will be trailed as an approach of delivering programs that increase the sustainable profitability of Victorian beef businesses. Linked with the national More Beef from Pastures program, this concept will be further developed throughout 2014/15.