The back paddock

Keith Howe and Ben Emery, from Rangers Valley near Glen Innes.
Keith Howe and Ben Emery, from Rangers Valley near Glen Innes.

SmartBeef 2017 was held in Armidale recently where the focus was on technology and how Australian meat brands and supply chains can rise to the challenges presented by global markets. Photos: Shan Goodwin

Kyle Rapson, from March IT, Brisbane with Matthew Sirett, stud manager at Diamond Valley Brangus.

Kyle Rapson, from March IT, Brisbane with Matthew Sirett, stud manager at Diamond Valley Brangus.

Rob Banks, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at Armidale, speaking about how the genetics can deliver the perfect feeder steer.

Rob Banks, Animal Genetics and Breeding Unit at Armidale, speaking about how the genetics can deliver the perfect feeder steer.

David Firth, vet consultant at Quirindi Feedlot Services and Stephanie Sammens, University of Queensland, Gatton.

David Firth, vet consultant at Quirindi Feedlot Services and Stephanie Sammens, University of Queensland, Gatton.

Des Rinehart, MLA program manager at Brisbane, Sharon Dundon, MLA's research and development live-export, Armidale and Alex Ball, from Herefords Australia, Armidale.

Des Rinehart, MLA program manager at Brisbane, Sharon Dundon, MLA's research and development live-export, Armidale and Alex Ball, from Herefords Australia, Armidale.

Siobhan Collins, applications specialist with Trouw Nutrition, Geoff Irish, Auspac Ingredients technical manager and Steve Blake, GrainCorp Liquid Feeds.

Siobhan Collins, applications specialist with Trouw Nutrition, Geoff Irish, Auspac Ingredients technical manager and Steve Blake, GrainCorp Liquid Feeds.