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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2015
YEARBOOK2015 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA 44 Rural Awareness Tour 2015 Tasmania Cattle Council’s annual Rural Awareness Tour (RAT) provides government officials and key industry stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of federal policies affecting beef cattle producers with an on-the-ground understanding of the beef cattle industry and the effects of government policy. Over 145 senior decision-makers have participated since the first ‘RAT’ in 1991, increasing their awareness of this strong and dynamic industry and developing a comprehensive network with people on the tour (including industry stakeholders, government officials and Cattle Council staff) and associated industries at the grass-roots level. The 2015 Rural Awareness visited Tasmania between 23rd -28th of March this year with 10 delegates participating. Cattle Council staff members Debbie Frater and Annabel Johnson were the tour guides for 2015, ensuring all were on time and gained the best experience possible. It is an excellent opportunity for government officials and key industry stakeholders involved in the development and implementation of federal policies affecting beef cattle producers the chance to have an on-the-ground understanding of the beef cattle industry and the effects of government policy. Day 1 Attendees travelled to King Island to start with an introduction lunch at King Island Steaks before travelling to Richard Sutton’s property. From north to south of King Island the tour stopped in at different properties before stopping at Cape Wickham. Finishing with dinner at the Boomerang on the Sea with local producers, tour attendees and the major. Day 2 Starting the day early back to the mainland of Tasmania, a tour of Greenhams Abattori in Smithton provided an experience for our attendees before travelling to Redpastures Beef owned by Paul Saward a CCA Board member. The tour progressed onto two other property tours finishing with dinner at Stanley on the Bay dining with local producers. Day 3 John, Angela and Iain Bruce provided an excellent property tour before traveling to Ashgrove Cheese Company. A tour of the Ashgrove Cheese Company followed by lunch aid in excellent discussion within a different processing plant. Landfall Angus provided our attendees with an in-depth property tour of their breeding and genetic performance within their operation. Launceston provided an excellent backdrop for dinner at the Black Cow Bistro. Day 4 Starting our fourth day at Landfall Farm Fresh Butchers our guests travelled to Powranna Weaner Cattle Sale introducing them to the marketing and sales of beef. John