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Welcome to the January KPCA Newsletter

We hope you have received some useful rain by now, and are no doubt gearing up for a busy year ahead.

January has seen a range of media relevant our Industry, from the MV Ocean Outback engine malfunction early in the month, to the announcement by Indonesia of new trimesterly import quotas.

Here at the Association, a number of grants have been and are in the process of being applied for on behalf of our members.

One of them is the Bush Tucker Beef: Developing New Markets Based on Unique Nutritional Attributes of WA Pastoral Beef. This is an exciting project to provide pastoralists with an alternative market to sell their livestock, with one aim of the project being to create opportunities for producers to be price makers, not price takers.

Planning is well underway for the upcoming Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association Pastoral Innovation Forums, to be held in Broome on Tuesday 12th April and Dampier on Friday 15th April. These will follow the MLA BeefUp Days in both towns and the agenda is currently being finalised.

Bovine Johnes Disease and its management and regulation is a crucial issue currently facing our Industry. Papers were recently sent out for comment and have been attached again below. Please provide your comments and feedback to the KPCA Executive Officer at [email protected] by Monday 8th February 2016. Please note this is a 3-day extension which has been granted to the KPCA due to Catherine being on leave when the papers were initially distributed.

Please check the Upcoming Events below. There is a wide range of events to be held over the next few months in different locations which may be of interest you.

Contact details of the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association Executive are at the bottom of this newsletter. Please feel free to contact them or Catherine with issues, news and information which may be relevant to the wider membership.

Wishing you all heavy rainfall and heavy cattle.

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