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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2008
page 75 C aTTL e COUNCIL OF a USTR a LI a Y ea RBOOK 2008 The conference dinner included BIa award presentations with a number of awards providing recognition of worthy producers and industry leaders. The 20th Howard Yelland award was presented to prof John Thompson by Howard’s grandson and namesake, Hereford seedstock producer – Howard. The executive committee received a boost with three new producer members joining. We were pleased to welcome Ben Simpson from Mullengandra, Nick austin from adelong and David Rathie from Stanthorpe. along with the experience of the current members, a bright and enthusiastic future for the BIa is assured. The association continued its change of structure to regions, with informative events held around the nation. The new look website was unveiled early in 2006 and is regularly updated. If you have any ideas for the content contact the office by phone on 03 5341 7700 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. It was also a ‘steady as she goes’ year in the BIA/ Cattle Council relationship. The association has been active in continuing to bring issues concerning RD&e to the Council’s attention. The BIa’s major push has been to ensure that extension activity is coordinated and targeted. Most branches of the association have been active in providing information to members on issues of importance to Cattle Council. Those issues include NLIS and Quality assurance. BIa has also reassessed its priorities and after consulting with members some significant changes have been made. The organisation will now focus on identifying knowledge gaps in the beef industry, driving appropriate research, facilitating information exchange and awarding excellence in the industry. Of course, we are again planning major activities for 2008 with the BIa National Conference to be held at the Doherty Ballarat Lodge in Ballarat on July 18. We have a young team of producers planning another informative and innovative program. We look forward to seeing all our members and other interested producers there. 2007 was another big year for the BIa with the success of the National Conference entitled ‘getting Capital Back into agriculture’ which was held at albury and attracted a large crowd. Beef Improvement association