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SELECTED SEEDS FIELD DAY supported by Upton Engineering

0700 – Coach departs Port Hedland via Esplanade Hotel, Ibis Styles & Hospitality Inn for Pardoo Irrigation site.

All guests transporting themselves are requested to park at the office area of the Pardoo Irrigation site (look for blue & white road sign on the Highway approx. 15km north of roadhouse). Enter via private access road, the gates will be open and 1km down the drive park at the office building.

1000 – Welcome at Pardoo Irrigation site.

Ian Stirling & Michael Courtney, Pardoo Beef Corporation

1015 – Re-embark coaches for irrigation tour.

See and hear about the three stages of pivots where Pardoo will share their progress and learnings across the trial:

Stage 1 – 6 pivots established 2016

Stage 2 – 6 pivots established 2017

Stage 3 – 6 pivots currently being established

Throughout the tour you’ll learn about the pivots infrastructure, pasture and management, industry fencing design and types of crops.

1115 – Chris Ham, Senior Development Officer – irrigation and Pastoral Diversification

Why would a pastoralist invest in irrigation to grow fodder?

Outside the Ord River Irrigation Area, the majority of irrigation developments are on pastoral land focussed on fodder production. Chris will provide a short presentation on the economic indicators and emerging management issues of irrigated fodder production systems in the north.

1145 – Selected Seeds agronomist presentation

Quality forage seed solutions

Selected Seeds is dedicated to remaining at the forefront of research and development and partnering with the best specialists in the world to ensure it offers a product that will help maximise forage productivity. They’re focused on tight quality control, continuity of supply and advanced production and processing techniques.

Speaker TBA

1200 – Michael Courtney, Mowanjum Irrigation Manager Pardoo Beef Corporation

Mowanjum Irrigation Trial Industry Report

In 2016 the then Water Minister Mia Davies announced the partnership between Giovi Limited with Mowanjum Aboriginal Corporation in the development of its pastoral lease on the outskirts of Derby which would see Giovi put its corporate weight behind the 400-strong community and agree to help Mowanjum develop the potential of its 55,000 hectare pastoral lease and cattle operation. Two years later, what are the outcomes of this partnership and are there any learnings to share?

1220 – Paul Upton, Upton Engineering

Pivot irrigation infrastructure

As Australia’s premier pivot irrigation manager, Upton Engineering is the business which has supplied the key infrastructure for Pardoo’s irrigation system.

1230 – Lunch

1330 – Return transfer to Port Hedland Yacht Club


Biosecurity: Due to biosecurity protocol all guests will be required to have a foot bath before boarding the bus for the irrigation tour.

Photography: Pardoo Station needs to grant permission for any photography taken on the tour

KPCA Annual General Meeting at Port Hedland Yacht Club

1600 – AGM.

Refer to AGM agenda for further detail.

Innovation Conference Watertorque Welcome Function

1730 to 1930 at Port Hedland Yacht Club



with Rabobank Coffee Cart , Selected Seeds water & ANZ Lanyards

0730 – Registration Opens

0830 – Welcome by KPCA Chair, David Stoate

0835 – Formal Conference Opening by Camilo (Milo) Blanco, Town of Port Hedland Mayor

0845 – Minister’s address, Hon Alannah MacTiernan MLA, Minister for Regional Development, Agriculture and Food

0905 – Keynote, Adam Kay, Chief Executive Officer Cotton Australia

Licence to Operate

Volatile political cycles and uncertainty over fact versus fiction is detrimental to industry, so how has the cotton industry been flying the flag on its licence to operate in the north?

Facing challenges of public image, the cotton industry has proven itself to present enormous opportunities in the north however perceptions of its impact on the environment, including water resource and pesticides have been detrimental to its growth.

GM cotton has been around for a long time, in 2018 celebrating 21 years. It uses less water than maize, tomatoes, asparagus and lucerne to name a few, and constantly evolving GM technology means that it relies on less insecticides than most crops, and has reduced its need for insecticide by 90% reduction over the years.

Synergies between this industry and cattle are numerous, and licence to operate is fast becoming the key to overcoming major political barriers. Adam Kay will talk about their learnings from the past and how the industry is setting up foundations into the future.

0945 – ANZ market report

1000 – Morning Tea [sponsor still available]

1030 – Dr Chris Chilcott, Research Leader CSIRO Land & Water

Northern Australia Water Resource Assessment Case Study

A recent NAWRA Case Study looked at the integration of cropping into existing beef enterprises.

Dr Chilcott will share the outcomes of this cast study which included two aspects; cropping for farms based on groundwater, and the use of cotton seed and forage to increase the herd outcomes.

1100 – Jess Rummery, Animal Health Australia

Biosecurity planning for northern cattle stations – how to complete a bio plan

AHA will join with Integrity Systems Company to present a succinct plan for biosecurity on northern cattle stations drawing together all projects associated with reducing the disease risks facing Australian livestock production industries through to quality assurance and guarantee of integrity.

AHA specialises in the implementation of auditable biosecurity standards, freedom assurance programs and disease intervention programs, such as vaccination programs and animal traceability schemes. Their Biosecurity Program draws together all projects associated with reducing the disease risks facing Australian livestock production industries.

1120 – Kathleen Allen, Integrity Systems Co

Biosecurity planning for northern cattle stations – audit your security plan

Integrity Systems Co’s system of food safety measures, quality assurance and traceability from paddock to plate guarantees the integrity of your product through disease-free status of Australian red meat, underpinning the marketing of product as clean, safe and natural.

1200 – Lunch [sponsor still available]

1300 – Dr Dave Beatty, Program Manager – Value Chain RD&A

Innovation and future developments in red meat industry

As a part of MLA’s Producer Consultation & Adoption team, Dr Beatty works closely with producers to drive adoption of R&D outcomes that increase productivity and reduce costs of production. In this presentation he will offer an update on investments in adoption, producer consultation for R&D priorities, livestock genetics and MSA.

1330 – TBA, AgForce Qld

Grazing BMP quality assurance

Grazing BMP (Best Management Practices) is an industry-led voluntary, online self-assessment tool that allows graziers to benchmark their current practices against an industry-developed set of standards. Graziers can then clearly identify the steps required to incorporate best management practices into their own enterprise to improve their long-term productivity, profitability and sustainability.

Grazing BMP assists Government, NRM groups and industry with planning extensions and workshops by identifying knowledge gaps on a town, regional and state-wide scale.. In time, it will allow the grazing industry to demonstrate sound environmental and ethical practices to consumers and the community.

The accreditation validates the self-assessment through the collection of evidence against the modules, this is the primary tool that verifies the information supplied through the program and ensures the credibility of the data collected through the tool.

1400 – Maree Gooch, Safe Farms

Health & Safety legislative amendments, update on legislative environment and Safe Farms WHS management system

The health and safety legislation covers all areas of production and includes pastoral properties, large, medium and small farms. The legislation and encompasses large and small animal handlers. The variety of industries can range from cattle production to sheep, alpacas, bees, chickens and insects.

Tragically many accidents and fatalities happen on pastoral and farming properties during mustering and yarding. Often it is through the use of quad bikes, motorbikes and aerial mustering. Ensuring that employers, employees, contractors and visitors all understand their own roles and responsibilities for health and safety and that the legislation applies to them too is vital.

1430 – Afternoon Tea [sponsor still available]

1500 – Live Export Panel

Andy Jacob, President of the Livestock and Rural Transporter’s Association of WA
Paul Brown from Hedland Live Export Depot

Ashley Manicaros CEO of NT Cattlemen’s Association

Alan Sattler, WA Green Shirt Movement and grain farmer from Beverley

No Dead Men Walking

Recently labelled as a ‘dead man walking’ at the PGA conference in Perth late September, Australia’s live export industry is hanging on the balance of fact versus fiction.

In this panel session industry leaders will engage with the audience to work through actions that industry must take into the future to dispel myths while continuing to improve on industry best practice of the live export trade into the future.

Are there licence to operate lessons to be learnt from others including the cotton industry and what is the role of government and national bodies like MLA and Cattle Council of Australia in supporting the industry?

1600 – Conference close

BHP FUNDRAISING GALA supported by Territory Rural

1800 to 2200 – The Esplanade Hotel

Tickets $125 (members) & $150 (non-members)

Join us for an evening of festivities hosted by BHP with Territory Rural, the menu featuring Yarrie Station beef as the hero of the menu.

Tiny Holly will lead the auction to raise funds for RFDS and Dolly’s Dream.

If you’ve come this far you may as well go all the way so join us for a fabulous night.

Coaches will shuttle guests to The Esplanade from Ibis Styles and Hospitality Inn starting 5.45pm and returning from 10.30pm.

Market your business to the delegates at the Conference.




The Esplanade

2-4 Anderson Street

Book online and use the code ‘KPCA’ to access $30 off the normal nightly rate.


Ibis Styles

Cnr Lukis St. & McGregor St

Special rate $169 including continental breakfast per room per night; subject to availability.

Book direct via phone – 08 9173 1511


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