A State Government business improvement grants program is helping drive better beef business in the Kimberley and Pilbara, and linking them to new markets.
Speaking at the northern beef forum in Karratha today, Agriculture and Food Minister Ken Baston said the new grants were part of a broader initiative to foster market diversity, improved business models and integrated supply chains.
"The Northern Beef Futures (NBF) project has been supporting and working with industry to capture new market opportunities, particularly in Asia and the Middle East," Mr Baston said.
The grants, open until 5pm on April 1, 2016, are a component of the four-year $15 million Northern Beef Futures initiative, funded through the State Government's Royalties for Regions program.
Regional Development Minister Terry Redman said the grants would improve competitiveness of pastoral beef businesses in the Kimberley and Pilbara regions.
"I encourage all commercial cattle producers to capitalise on this fantastic opportunity and create greater growth prospects for their business," Mr Redman said.
The Department of Agriculture and Food WA has agreements with key provincial governments in China and NBF team has appointed dedicated in-country supply chain specialists in China and Indonesia to help foster exports.
The project team is working with these regions and commercial entities to develop exports of live cattle and boxed beef from Western Australia.
Mr Redman said 13 commercial beef enterprises had so far accessed the grants for activities relating to herd management, irrigation and key performance indicators for their business.
Approved applicants can be reimbursed for up to $25,000 (excluding GST) for a consultant to conduct a business improvement review, develop or update a business plan and help implement improvements.
In Vietnam, NBF team is working with enterprises to consider the export of commercial heifers for genetic improvement and to rebuild commercial breeder herds
In Thailand, NBF team is developing a feeder/slaughter pilot project to determine the performance of various genetic compositions of WA cattle in the Thai feedlot industry
Agriculture and Food Minister's office - 6552 5400
Regional Development Minister's office - 6552 6700