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Charleville to host drought support forum

Charleville will be in the agricultural spotlight when it hosts a free community drought support forum and meetings of AgForce’s Cattle and Sheep and Wool boards.

AgForce Drought Project Manager Tahna Jackson said the ‘Managing Risks: Securing the Future’ forum at the Charleville Racecourse on Thursday 27 July 2017 aimed to provide social support to farming families as well as tips and tools to improve their business and revitalise their health.

“The prolonged and severe drought has taken an enormous financial, environmental and emotional toll on farming families right throughout Queensland,” she said.

“Areas around Charleville are now into their fifth year of rainfall deficits, and this free forum provides an opportunity for people to come together to learn about new industry developments, and receive some advice and support during these challenging times.”

Ms Jackson said key topics being discussed included new DEXA meat measuring technology, livestock genetics, workplace health and safety, happiness from the inside out, farm planning and business analysis, and farming in digital times.

AgForce South West Regional Director Guy Newell said the organisation’s Cattle Board and Sheep and Wool Board would hold their regular board meetings in Charleville on Wednesday 26 July 2017 and then stay on for the forum.

“This is the first time these two boards have met in the one place at the same time and they will come together for a half-day joint meeting to discuss issues common to both sheep and cattle producers such as biosecurity, transport and the impact of wild dogs,” he said.

“Holding these meetings in Charleville rather than Brisbane will give grass roots members greater access to their representatives on the two boards, with a regional dinner and a members’ breakfast also planned over the two days.”

For more details and to register for the ‘Managing Risks: Securing the Future’ forum in Charleville, the Regional Dinner with keynote speaker Anna Daniels, and/or the Members Breakfast visit the Events Calendar on AgForce’s website.

Source: AgForce

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