22 May 2023

GALLERY: Ag industry gathers at Cape York NRM Grazing Forum

| Sarah Martin
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John Ross andJohn Ross and Kathrina Southwell at the forum on Crocodile Station. Kathrina Southwell.

John Ross and Kathrina Southwell at the forum on Crocodile Station.

DOZENS of graziers, Traditional Owners and agriculture industry representatives came together at Crocodile Station last week for the Cape York NRM grazing forum.

Speakers included AgForce CEO Mike Guerin and National Feral Pig Action Plan coordinator Dr Heather Channon.

A former ANZ managing director, Mr Guerin gave an industry update and finished with a warning that graziers would continue to be challenged on the role agriculture plays in emissions and climate change.

“Be prepared to be challenged, and be proud of what we do,” he said.

“The red meat sector has reduced its emissions profile by 58 per cent since 2005.”

Attendees were treated to demonstrations of an imported American pig trap, a crush set up and crushside genomics, and were kept amply fed and watered by Crocodile Station’s Karlene Shephard and her fellow Laura Rodeo committee volunteers.

Presentations provided information and updates on feral animal control, exotic diseases, rural financial counselling, fire management, erosion control, technology and adaptation and vegetation management law.

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