Story written by Lindel Greggery
With just six months to go till the 18th World Brahman Congress in Rockhampton, preparations are heating up to ensure the delivery of a world class event.
The action-packed program, which runs from May 16-21 at Rockhampton Showgrounds, will showcase Australian Brahmans like never before, with an exciting range of activities to delight exhibitors and delegates alike.
ABBA general manager John Croaker said Congress registrations are now open, with a special early-bird rate available until March 1, 2016.
“Congress details are now on our website and people have the choice of full delegation registration, which covers all activities or they can book for individual events,” Mr Croaker said.
Prospective stud stock exhibitors can download the Stud Show Schedule from the website, with entries opening on February 1 and closing on February 26. RuralCo is sponsoring the stud Female section, to be judged on Friday, May 20. The Landmark sponsored Stud Bull Show will be held the following day. There will also be classes for unled pairs of registered bulls and registered females, with the winners to be decided on Wednesday, May 18.
Rural Supplements is sponsoring the led steer competition and catalogues are now available online. Judging will be conducted on Tuesday evening, May 17.
Mr Croaker said the schedule for the Elders-sponsored Commercial Cattle Show and Sale had also been finalised.
“Producers can enter cattle in pasture-fed or grain-fed classes that reflect the broad range of domestic and export markets serviced by Brahman cattle,” he said. “We will also have a category for pregnancy-tested in calf heifers, and the commercial show and sale will be held at CQLX at Gracemere.”
The key dates for commercial cattle to be on feed are by February 5 for 100-day fed cattle and by March 5 for 70-day fed cattle. Entries open on January 4 and close on April 1.
Aside from cattle judging, delegates can enjoy a selection of property tours, social events, a trade show and a technical conference.
Guest speakers from the Philippines, Central America, the United States, South Africa and Namibia will share insights from their countries in a number of “Brahmans Around the World” conference sessions. The May 19 conference is sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) and its interesting program will cover relevant industry topics ranging from genetic evaluation through to reproduction and fertility, meat science and MSA grading.
Confirmed speakers include Dr. Alex Ball from MLA, grazier Bec Comiskey and Consolidated Pastoral CEO Troy Setter. Leading researchers will also join the conference speakers’ list: Dr David Johnston and Dr Matt Wolcott from AGBU, Dr Brad Crook from ABRI and Dr Michael Bradfield, head of Breedplan South Africa.
A Tastes of the World Conference Dinner, sponsored by Performance Feeds, will be held at the conclusion of the conference.
The Showgrounds will also host a wide range of exhibits at its trade show, with very few sites remaining.
Close to 50 volunteers are contributing their expertise on various organising committees to ensure that the ABBA and Central Queensland’s Beef Capital achieve a memorable and rewarding World Brahman Congress.
“Everyone has been working extremely hard to deliver a program that is both interesting and entertaining. We are all looking forward to welcoming people from around Australia and around the world in May and showcasing the best of the Australian Brahman industry,” Mr Croaker said.
For any further information please contact the Australian Brahman Breeders’ Association Ltd at +61 7 4927 7799, firstname.lastname@example.org, PO Box 796, Rockhampton QLD 4700 Australia or visit www.brahman.com.au