Pastoral innovation on event menu

Robert DoughertyNorth West Telegraph
Charina Thompson, Rodd and Barry Townsend, Margie Faulkner.
Camera IconCharina Thompson, Rodd and Barry Townsend, Margie Faulkner. Credit: North West Telegraph

Pastoralists from across northern WA have wrapped up an innovation conference hosted by the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association with an auction in Port Hedland.

Guests took part in an evening of festivities after the main conference, with a fundraising gala hosted by BHP with Territory Rural at the Esplanade Hotel.

Auction items such as solar equipment, artwork and jewellery were displayed to raise funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service and Dolly’s Dream, while attendees tried out the hotel’s new menu featuring Yarrie Station beef.

Pastoralists took the chance to mingle with other members who had visited the Pardoo irrigation site to hear about pivot infrastructure, pasture and management, industry fencing design, and types of crops.

During the conference, pastoralists also listened to a live export panel session, learnt about the cotton industry operating in the north, and discussed biosecurity, health, safety and grazing management best practice.

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