The WAFarmers team has been out and about recently, with staff having attended the Perth Hills Festival in Karragullen and the Goldfields Nullarbor Rangelands Biosecurity Association (GNRBA) Conference in Kalgoorlie.
Sharing space in a marquee with Perth NRM, hills producers, industry groups, WAFarmers enjoyed the opportunity to get in front of over 5,000 attendees, which included both members and non-members in the area.
While the event was predominantly directed towards orchardists and people in the fruit and vegetable industries, there were many attendees who raised livestock as part of their enterprise and who sought advice from WAFarmers about advocacy and livestock biosecurity processes.
On the other side of the state, the GNRBA Conference was all about the latest developments in the livestock industry.
Featuring live animal, fencing and injector demonstrations, property mapping facilities and land tenure updates, the GNRBA Conference was an insightful exercise for WAFarmers CEO Trent Kensett-Smith and WAFarmers Livestock Executive Officer Kim Haywood.
“With Kalgoorlie and surrounding areas being outside the existing WAFarmers Zone map, it was an opportunity us to get a feel for the issues facing the region and see where cross-overs may exist between the issues in that region and the current WAFarmers portfolios,” Mr Trent Kensett-Smith said.
“In particular, Kim and I learned a great deal about the latest developments in fencing products and control options for wild dogs, which is very high on the agricultural agenda at the moment.
“Ten years ago, wild dogs weren’t as much of an issue but they are now because not enough work has been done during this period – imagine what it will be like in another 10 years if we don’t work together as an industry to get it under control.
“We plan to take the information we learned to government and see how we might be able to further develop the existing plans for wild dog control, all for the benefit of Western Australia’s primary producers.”