UNE 6-week training for Indonesian cattle farmers

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10 March 2016

Thirty professionals from Indonesia are in Australia for six weeks of intensive training on beef production systems organised by the UNE School of Environmental and Rural Science.

The program seeks to build the technical knowledge of participants in beef production, welfare and marketing and best practices via innovative processes. According to the course leader Professor John Gibson, “Technical knowledge is only of value if it is converted into improved systems, and UNE specialises in the processes of business development and engagement with stakeholders that drive agriculture improvement.”

Group shot of Indonesian participants
“The training will benefit a large number of smallholder farmers who rear beef cattle as well as the larger operators in Indonesia, helping to build a reliable beef supply throughout the country.”

The participants, who come from a variety of backgrounds including government agricultural extension staff, smallholder cattle producers and commercial enterprises, are currently with UNE experts in Armidale and around NSW and Queensland for four week.

After then, they have two weeks with UNE’s partner, Queensland Agriculture Training Colleges, at Longreach and Emerald in Queensland where they will get hands-on experience in commercial farm and feedlot environments.

Indonesian participants in UNE classroom

Seeing the beef sector develop further is also in the interests of Australian exporters, with over A$260 million exported to Indonesia, and UNE is ensuring farmers and industry are involved throughout the program.

“In the training program, the Australian beef sector is strongly included in hosting the visitors, with people from cattle producers, agricultural consultants, commercial feedlots and peak bodies,” Prof Gibson explained.

This training is an initiative funded by the Indonesia-Australia Partnership on Food Security in the Red Meat and Cattle Sector under the Australia Awards program.

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For more information or interview, please contact the training coordinator, Peter

Fitzgerald, on 0408 025 716 or peter.fitzgerald@une.edu.au.