HUNDREDS of people from the red meat industry will flock to Tamworth next week for three days of learning, tours, networking - and, of course, enjoying the best of the nation's product.
Red Meat 2019 - a flagship event from Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) - will be held November 18-20, based at Tamworth Regional Entertainment and Conference Centre but also touring some New England enterprises.
The conference will draw in producers and stakeholders from the industry from across Australia; last year's event was held in Canberra and attracted 800 people.
Romani Pastoral Company's David Lee will welcome delegates on a tour to Windy Station, where he has been the general manager since June 2017.
The company has just joined MLA's Digital Livestock 4.0 pilot project, which aims to test a range of on-farm solutions to save labour and boost efficiency.
Visitors will learn how the findings from the Carwoola Pastoral Company, which has been part of the project for 12 months, are being rolled out in Romani.
Mr Lee will also speak during the forums about the management and goals of the mixed enterprise, on a 20,000 hectare property near Quirindi.
He said was "doing it reasonably tough" but managing "given the seasonal conditions".
"We've been feeding cattle and our cropping program has been knocked about fairly well due to the lack of rainfall - not unlike everyone else in the district," he said.
"We've had the advantage of grazing failed winter crops - canola and wheat - and failed sorghum crops from last summer, so that's been beneficial from a cattle perspective ...
"We've only just started feeding this year, just now, but last year we fed for eight or nine months."
Other speakers from MLA and the wider red meat and livestock industry will share insights on research adoption, global trade, market information, red meat promotion and more.
One of the highlights is expected to be the Global Markets Forum, where speakers will cover the latest on expanding opportunities in Australia, and navigating the complex global trading and marketing environment.
MLA chairwoman Michele Allan said it had been "a challenging year for our industry; however, our red meat producers remain as resilient as ever".
"At Red Meat 2019, you can learn more about how your levies are being invested to ensure the future growth and prosperity of our industry."