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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2009
CA TTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA YEARBOOK 2009 “Most importantly, the BIA provided a unique forum for members to get together and share ideas and information to overcome some of the problems peculiar to the industry.” – Former BIA president Danny Wilkie “Glenlovely” Goondiwindi, QLD. Recently our intention has been to offer an organisation that; ‘identifies and rewards excellence, runs a ‘must attend’ annual conference with the provision of innovative and up to date information, acts as a conduit for information flow with a definite focus on youth but due to reduced membership, little branch activity and lack of sponsorship it was no longer achievable to offer these objectives. Unfortunately given those circumstances it was no longer possible to remain a relevant and responsive organisation and we therefore could not ensure the BIA could continue to play a significant role for current and future beef producers. Times have now changed and with it a transformation in the way producers seek and receive new ideas and undertake practice change. A plethora of information is now available from the internet, rural publications, field days, seminars and other institutions including MLA, CRC’s and State Agricultural Departments. Also prolonged drought, increased costs, the current global financial crisis and overall uncertainty seem to have put undue strain on producers and in turn adversely affected membership and branch activity. It was disappointing to take this course of action with the realisation that the BIA Awards will cease as rewarding excellence in the beef industry has been a fundamental and popular aim of the organisation. It is pleasing that a number of active branches are currently seeking incorporation and will operate at a local level. We also hope after having received positive feedback from one of the instigators of the highly respected Howard Yelland Award, Don Lawson, that this could continue to be awarded. BIA executive members wish to express sincere appreciation to members, both current and past, as well as all sponsors for their support and collaboration over the last 40 years. Kate Simpson President Beef Improvement Association 78 1117_CCA Yearbook 2009.indd 78 5/5/09 8:01:39 PM