​Media release

Celebrating all things beef in Queensland

9 May 2018

  • One of the world’s great beef cattle events is on in Queensland – Beef Australia 2018
  • The Coalition Government has invested $3 million to assist Beef Australia 2018
  • The gross value of production for Australian beef was $13 billion last financial year
​The Coalition Government is backing Australia’s beef industry at Beef Australia in Rockhampton.

Speaking at Beef Australia 2018 in Rockhampton, Minister for Agriculture David Littleproud said Australia’s beef industry was well placed for further growth.

“Beef Australia 2018 is a great event and Rockhampton is a great city,” Mr Littleproud said.

“The Coalition Government backs the Aussie beef industry, and we’ve put our money where our mouth is with a $3 million grant to help celebrate this wonderful industry and grow new trade for our nation’s cattle farmers.

“Australian beef is clean, green and the best the world has to offer.

“More than $13 billion runs through regional cities and towns across Australia thanks to the success of the beef and cattle industry which employs thousands of people.

“When beef succeeds, we all succeed. That’s why we’re cutting red tape as well as doing what we can to push down energy costs.

“We’re investing in infrastructure, such as the $100 million we’re putting into better roads for beef production in northern Australia that will help farmers get their cattle to market.   

“This industry supports people on stations, in towns and right across the nation.” 

Fast facts
  • Australia’s beef industry is worth over $13 billion to the economy representing almost a quarter of Australia’s farm production
  • Beef exports were valued at $7.1 billion in 2016-17 and live cattle exports contributed a further $1.2 billion. 
  • The beef industry is one of our major export earners with Australia shipping beef to around 80 countries in 2016-17  
  • Since 2016, the government has struck trading deals with 65 countries across the globe