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Rare Opportunity For Young Beef Farmers To Learn From Industry’s Best

23 April 2015

Young and aspiring beef farmers will have a rare opportunity to learn from the best minds in the industry at The Beef Australia Next Generation Forum on Friday 8 May, 2015, hosted by Suncorp Bank.

The ticketed half-day forum will explore the ways young people can creatively pursue farm business management and business ownership, specific to the beef industry.

Suncorp Bank Head of Agribusiness, Troy Constance, said the forum aimed to encourage and inspire young farmers to become innovative and profitable producers.

“There are many issues confronting young people in the beef industry in Australia. For many, one of the biggest issues is how to start on their own or for those already in business, how to progress within the rural sector,” Mr Constance said.

“As Australia’s leading regional bank founded on a rich connection to agriculture, we are proud to support initiatives, like Beef Australia, which celebrate and highlight the importance of the agriculture industry.”

An inspiring line up of experienced industry leaders, including keynote speaker the Hon. Angus Taylor MP, will share first hand knowledge about what it takes to get started in the industry followed by a panel session lead by beef producer and author Alice Greenup.

Alice Greenup, whose work in the beef industry as an educator and advocate was recognised with the Young Beef Achiever of the Year Award in 2006, said the forum will inspire young farmers to think outside of the box.

“The intent of this forum is not focused on succession planning – it is more about the flexible, innovative things that producers can do to get a start in the industry,” Ms Greenup said. 

“We will explore issues that face every business owner or manager in the beef industry including capital raising, equity partnerships, share-farming, and how to diversify income streams. This will be a must-attend event for any young person at Beef Australia.”

Beef Australia 2015 will be held from 4 to 9 May in Rockhampton, and will celebrate all facets of the Australian beef industry. Dating back to Australia’s bicentennial celebration in 1988, Beef Australia has grown to become the cattle industry’s national exhibition, attracting more than 85,000 people from across Australia and around the world.

Tickets are on sale now for the Suncorp Bank Net Generation Forum. For more information visit:

About Suncorp Bank Next Generation Forum
Young emerging beef farmers are invited to attend the Suncorp Bank Next Generation Forum. The event is open 18 to 35 year olds and aims to deliver new, innovative and fresh approaches to starting out in the beef industry or progressing with existing operations. Speakers include Suncorp Bank Regional Manager, Troy Constance, The Hon Angus Taylor MP and a panel of speakers facilitated by Alice Greenup.

When: Friday, 8 May

Time: 8am – 12pm

Where: James Lawrence Pavilion, Gallagher Energizer Room

For information and tickets visit:

Media Contact: Meghan Henricks | 0408 533 590 |

About Suncorp: Suncorp Group includes leading general insurance, banking, life insurance and superannuation brands in Australia and New Zealand. The Group has 14,500 employees and relationships with nine million customers. Suncorp Group Limited is a Top 15 ASX-listed company with $94 billion in assets. Suncorp Bank is Australia’s leading regional bank servicing more than one million personal, SME and agribusiness customers.

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