Agriculture Minister Leanne Donaldson will welcome delegates from 14 nations to the Beef Capital for the 18th World Brahman Congress.
The Minister will officially open six days of discussions on the latest breeding research and global market trends.
There will also be trade displays, property tours and technology exhibits.
“This is only the third time the Congress has been held in Australia, and where else could it be staged but Rockhampton,” the Minister said.
“I am looking forward to welcoming the local and international delegates and other visitors to the event and to our state.
“This Congress is an important event for Queensland. The beef industry is our largest agricultural industry, with a gross value of production of cattle and calves estimated at $5.07 billion in 2014-15.
“The meat processing sector contributed a further estimated $2.32 billion to the Queensland economy in the same period.
“Brahman cattle are of particular importance to our local industry.
“From the original importation of just 18 head of Brahmans imported from the USA in 1933, Brahman genetics can be found in more than half of the national herd and over 75% of the Queensland herd.”
The Minister said she would take the opportunity at the Congress to promote Queensland’s cattle sector and highlight the contribution of the Queensland Government’s research and extension programs.
“My Department plays a major role in supporting the beef industry through targeted research.
“In 2014-15 alone the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries invested $19.44 million in beef and grazing industry research, development and extension with those costs shared by other government agencies and industry,” she said.
“DAF also works closely with the University of Queensland through the Centre of Animal Science within the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI).
“We will also be showcasing the Australian Brahman cattle genetics, which make a major contribution to the Northern Australia beef industry due to their tolerance to extreme heat and resistance to insects.
“DAF’s mobile office will be set-up onsite as an operating base for a number of staff engaged in the event, who will provide advice and share their experience with delegates.
“DAF will also ensure biosecurity requirements are met with livestock moving on and off the site.”
Minister Donaldson said the stud stock industry would be showcasing Australian Brahman cattle genetics, which are a major contributor to the productivity of Northern Australian herds due to their drought tolerance and resistance to ticks and other insect pests.
Brahman genetics are the basis for many of our premium breeds such as the Droughtmaster and Santa Gertrudis, Braford, Brangus, Charbray and other breeds which were developed over many decades of research and development under taken by the CSIRO and the Queensland Government.
As the Queensland herd increased in number and shifted further north the importance of tropical adaptability has been supported by the Queensland Government with the purchase of the Spyglass Research facility, that focuses on trials and systems to increase productivity and finishing systems for northern cattle.