BILL Sykes (MLA, Benalla) last week opened the 2014 North East Beef Conference, an annual event to help producers become more productive and profitable.
More than 80 Victorian beef farmers and industry experts attended the conference, which was held at the University of Melbourne, Dookie Campus.
“Independent studies show that producers are more likely to make positive changes to their enterprises if they learn about industry advancements directly from specialists at events such as this,” Mr Sykes said.
“Supporting producers to access the most up to date information about how they can improve their productivity and profitability is a focus of the government.”
Mr Sykes said the beef industry was the largest commodity in the Hume region, in terms of the value of agricultural output.
“In 2010-11 cattle and calves contributed 30 per cent, or $200 million, to the total gross value of agricultural production in the Hume region,” he said.