Southern Australia Meat Research Council Committee Chair Tom Amey is calling on red meat producers to stump up to Monday's Armidale forum and help direct future change.

Research forum to push producer priorities at Armidale

Northern NSW red meat producers are invited to a feedback forum to review existing research, development and adoption (RD&A) priorities for the region in Armidale on Monday, November 21.

Northern NSW red meat producers are invited to a feedback forum to review existing research, development and adoption (RD&A) priorities for the region in Armidale on 21 November 2017.

The forum – hosted by the Northern NSW regional committee of the Southern Australia Meat Research Council (SAMRC) – will allow producers to provide direct feedback on the existing RD&A priorities for the Northern NSW region and nominate other priorities to be considered by the committee.

SAMRC is an independent incorporated group which has members who are sheep and grass fed beef producers, MLA, CSIRO, universities, State agricultural agencies and LLS in NSW.

The Northern NSW regional committee consists of seven producer representatives plus representatives of the SAMRC stakeholders.

Committee Chair Tom Amey said the contribution of individual producers to the regional consultation model is valuable to the process of RD&A priority setting.

Mr Amey said the producer forum at Armidale is a special event and has a particular focus in engaging younger producers in RD&A consultation.

“Throughout the whole agricultural sector we need to encourage and support our young producers to be involved in setting the priorities and future direction of our industry,” Mr Amey said.

Participants at the forum will have the opportunity to give feedback to the Northern NSW regional committee which then feeds to the SAMRC priorities and the terms of reference for the annual project call.

The forum will also feature a special collection of presentations from participants in the Livestock Productivity Partnership (LPP) - a collaboration involving NSW DPI, CSIRO, UNE and MLA Donor Company (MDC) to invest in research projects that focus on red meat industry priorities. Research projects ready to begin and others in the planning phase will be presented.

The producers at the forum will be asked to give input into how the RD&A investment from the LPP can be presented in a manner that helps producers turn them into outcomes, such as increased profit and enhanced productivity.

Producers are invited to attend and share their issues around RD&A investment and hear updates on the latest RD&A programs.  There will be a small charge of $10 to cover catering costs.

To register, please visit the Events section of the MLA website https://www.mla.com.au/news-and-events/events-and-workshops/samrc-producer-feedback-forum--northern-nsw/

When: Tuesday, November 21

Time: 9.30am-3.45pm

Where: Armidale City Bowling Club, 92-96 Dumaresq Street, Armidale, NSW

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