BetterBeef Group profiles
High Country Group – Farming from a different perspective
Since the High Country BetterBeef Group of beef producers formed in 2011, they have had no trouble maintaining its membership. It is comprised of farmers from second or third ‘alternate careers’, including corporate and professional backgrounds.
As a result, they have learned their farming practices from the ground up.
Mirboo-North Boolarra Group – Conserving extra spring growth
Often a topic raised in the ‘whip around’ session can generate a lot of discussion, as was the case for the group at their October 2019 meeting.
One of the producers raised the question: “I’m not sure if I should make silage this year or just stick with making hay rolls, what is the best way to conserve the extra spring growth?”
Tallangatta Group – Increasing feed with grazing control
Mitchell River Group – Early weaning for drought conditions
Upper Murray and Mudgegonga Groups – Study tours to Tasmania
We meet two BetterBeef Groups that are coordinated by Chris Miriams and hear about what they learnt from their study tours to Tasmania.
BetterBeef group tour to New England
In May 2019, Meg Bell arranged a tour to the New England region for five producers from the Western Districts BB group and two producers from the South Eastern Buffalo BB group.
The 5-day tour included a visit to the University of New England (UNE) in Armidale. The UNE is a leading innovator in agricultural studies and applied research.
The group were keen to visit UNE's SMART Farm Innovation Centre (SFIC) to view the different technologies in action and how they may be incorporated into their own farm enterprises.
Other properties visited included 'Glenavon Angus', 'Yalgoo' where Poll Herefords and Merinos are the focus, 'Walcha Dairy' in an area dominated by beef cattle and wool sheep, and 'Congi Station' primarily Merino, with Hereford x Angus as a secondary focus.
Read more about the BetterBeef New England tour (PDF - 1.0 MB)