bazadais-heifer-1We have the space and the opportunity to develop agriculture in the north but what are the most sustainable options that would be the most economical and have the greatest longevity?

Building a region for the future needs innovators, creative forward thinkers and futuristic concepts considered with technology and consumer demand changing rapidly.

As the meat and dairy industries are the leading cause of global warming, preparing animals for live export may not even be common practice in the coming years, especially if animal rights or environmental activist groups have anything to do with it.

In an article published by Farm Weekly this week it discusses a war of words which has ignited over a new book that interrogates the Gillard government’s controversial snap ban on live cattle exports to Indonesia.

The book titled, “Backlash – Australia’s conflict of values over live export” was co-written by RSPCA Australia Chief Science and Strategy Officer Dr Bidda Jones who was one of the key critics demanding the trade be banned in mid-2011.

It will be launched at the National Library of Australia in Canberra by ABC Four Corners host Sarah Ferguson and Tasmanian independent MP, Andrew Wilkie who’s is also a vocal critic of the trade.

Ms Ferguson won a Gold Walkley award for the provocative Four Corners television account that sparked the political and public reaction which saw the trade suspended for up to six months in reaction to poor animal welfare standards in Indonesian abattoirs. To read more click here.

The Developing Northern Australia Conference Above the Line – unleashing the north’s potential continues the dialogue started in 2015 following the release of the Australian Government’s White Paper on Developing Northern Australia. To register for the conference CLICK HERE.

If you would like to have your say at the the conference CLICK HERE to submit your application. Submissions to speak close: Friday 11 March 2016.