Northern Beef Development project

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Growing global demand for Australian beef products, driven primarily by Asian countries, presents opportunities to expand livestock production and value add in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions of Western Australia.

The Northern Beef Development project aims to support the northern beef industry to become more prosperous, resilient and sustainable to meet this growing demand for products. 

It is part of the department’s integrated approach to building a stronger agriculture and food sector in WA’s north to support local job growth and regional economic prosperity.


Formerly known as Northern Beef Futures, the project was reviewed in 2017/2018 to place a stronger focus on initiatives that deliver the greatest return on investment, including innovative new crop trials, improving regional infrastructure, supporting practice change within industry, and policy development that will lead to improvements in productivity.

The review also resulted in a more targeted approach to capturing new international markets, integration with other department land, water and agriculture development projects and creating more strategic links to supply chains in WA southern regions.

The Northern Beef Development project has three key pillars:

  1. productivity and capacity
  2. mosaic agriculture; and
  3. business development.

The collective outcomes of these pillars will provide the building blocks for a stronger, more diverse and resilient beef industry in the north.

Project highlights

  • Extension of the Business Improvement Grants (BIG) program allows 20 additional pastoralists access to business advice, mentoring support and business improvements to strengthen enterprise profitability. Read more about BIG Round Two.

  • Field trials currently underway to breed a sterile leucaena variety as a high value food source to boost beef production and eliminate weed risk. Read more about the progress of these trials.

  • A total of 48 pastoralists undertook projects funded through round one of the Business Improvement Grants program. Click here to see how these projects had a positive impact on farm operations and bottom line.  

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Trevor Price
+61 (0)8 9194 1441
Page last updated: Thursday, 21 March 2019 - 11:29am


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