Beef producers in the north are living exciting times, with prosperity and opportunity staring them in the face.

Yet their communities were being marginalised and undervalued and the year had been marked by numerous attacks on that prosperity.

This was the message from the grazier at the head of the north’s peak pastoralist representative body, the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Tom Stockwell, in opening the organisation’s annual conference in Darwin this morning.

There were plenty who came in for his wrath.

But he also had a word of sage advice for producers themselves, about not getting carried away by the increasing value of their holdings.

Rising demand for live cattle and beef in Asian markets and beyond and the toll of drought on the national herd elsewhere had created the perfect storm for property values and changes of ownership in the Territory, Mr Stockwell said.

In the past 12 months there have been 20 sales of Northern Territory leases completed or commenced.

Property prices have increased significantly with interest from both interstate and overseas buyers.

Originally Published by the Katherine Times, continue reading here.