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WALFA vice president Ivan Rogers and Jill Rogers, of Tammin, with Iranda Beef general manager Thomas Green and Justine Green, of South Australia.
Camera IconWALFA vice president Ivan Rogers and Jill Rogers, of Tammin, with Iranda Beef general manager Thomas Green and Justine Green, of South Australia. Credit: Countryman

Good crowds attended the WA Lot Feeders Association’s Better Beef event held on April 15 and 16.

The Camarri family, at Cundinup, hosted day one, with speakers and a video by Australian Lot Feeders Association president Bryce Camm.

WA Lot Feeders Association president Todd Fotheringhame gave a special appreciation to all the organisers and sponsors before introducing each speaker to present their topics.

The Advance Feeds Beef Connections Dinner took place at the Abbey Beach Resort in Busselton with keynote speaker Hayden Ballantyne — from Fremantle Dockers superstar to West Coast Wool & Livestock agent.

WALFA acknowledged three industry people, who were recipients of inaugural awards.

The innovator of the year award went to won by Camarri Feedlot co-principal Matt Camarri, of Cundinup, for his remote control liquid flow unit.

Also recognised with the Researcher of the year was former Murdoch University Professor David Pethick for his research into Meat Standards Australia red meat eating quality.

WALFA former treasurer Peter Stacy, of Mandurah, became a life member for his dedication to the association for many years of “above and beyond” service.

An auction of donated items raised $15,685 for WALFA funding with some of the proceeds to provide for future award presentations.

The Dimasi family, at Donnybrook, hosted day two when visitors saw Paradise Beef Feedlot’s dome shelter.

Feedlot farm hand Cindy-Lee Dowdell organised a guess the weight of Betty, a 9 month old heifer.

Harvey Beef feedlot coordinator Jessica May guessed the most accurate weight and won the prize.

Traditional Meat Company feedlot manager Jordan Clemons, centre, flanked by TMC farm hands Tex Pearson and Cooper Pearson, 16.
Camera IconTraditional Meat Company feedlot manager Jordan Clemons, centre, flanked by TMC farm hands Tex Pearson and Cooper Pearson, 16. Credit: Countryman
Western Meat Packers chief executive Andrew Fuda, WMP executive assistant Ella Spittal, WMP livestock planner Jo Dragiceyich and WMP Cowaramup abattoir general manager Jamie Warburton.
Camera IconWestern Meat Packers chief executive Andrew Fuda, WMP executive assistant Ella Spittal, WMP livestock planner Jo Dragiceyich and WMP Cowaramup abattoir general manager Jamie Warburton. Credit: Countryman
Former Murdoch professor David Pethick was presented with the WALFA researcher of the year award by WALFA vice-president Ivan Rogers.
Camera IconFormer Murdoch professor David Pethick was presented with the WALFA researcher of the year award by WALFA vice-president Ivan Rogers. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Camarri Feedlot co-principal Matt Camarri, of Cundinup, was presented with the WALFA innovator of the year award by Integrated Animal Production nutritionist Rob Lawrence.
Camera IconCamarri Feedlot co-principal Matt Camarri, of Cundinup, was presented with the WALFA innovator of the year award by Integrated Animal Production nutritionist Rob Lawrence. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
WALFA president Todd Fotheringhame and former WALFA executive officer Esther Jones presented former WALFA treasurer Peter Stacy, of Mandurah, a WALFA life member award.
Camera IconWALFA president Todd Fotheringhame and former WALFA executive officer Esther Jones presented former WALFA treasurer Peter Stacy, of Mandurah, a WALFA life member award. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Cullalla Feedlot occupation, safety and health officer Carmody Glass, Nutrien Esperance animal health and nutriition advisor Sinead O'Gara, Nutrien animal production and technical service advisor Bridie Lwers, and Nutrien animal nutrition and health specialist Bronwyn Fowler.
Camera IconCullalla Feedlot occupation, safety and health officer Carmody Glass, Nutrien Esperance animal health and nutriition advisor Sinead O'Gara, Nutrien animal production and technical service advisor Bridie Lwers, and Nutrien animal nutrition and health specialist Bronwyn Fowler. Credit: Countryman
Harvey Beef senior livestock buyer Campbell Nettleton and Harvey Beef feedlot coordinator Jessica May.
Camera IconHarvey Beef senior livestock buyer Campbell Nettleton and Harvey Beef feedlot coordinator Jessica May.
Paradise Beef Feedlot co-principals Josie and Gary Dimasi, of Donnybrook, with their sons Mitchell, 7, and Etan, 3.
Camera IconParadise Beef Feedlot co-principals Josie and Gary Dimasi, of Donnybrook, with their sons Mitchell, 7, and Etan, 3. Credit: Countryman
The hosts of Better Beef day one at the Camarri Feedlot were beef producers Sophie and Matt Camarri, of Cundinup, with their children Xander, 14, and Alina, 16.
Camera IconThe hosts of Better Beef day one at the Camarri Feedlot were beef producers Sophie and Matt Camarri, of Cundinup, with their children Xander, 14, and Alina, 16. Credit: Countryman
At the Paradise Beef Feedlot on day two of Better Beef was WALFA executive officer Claire Coffey and Paradise Beef Feedlot staff member Cindy-Lee Dowdell with Betty, a 9 month old hand-reared poddy heifer.
Camera IconAt the Paradise Beef Feedlot on day two of Better Beef was WALFA executive officer Claire Coffey and Paradise Beef Feedlot staff member Cindy-Lee Dowdell with Betty, a 9 month old hand-reared poddy heifer. Credit: Countryman
Better Beef brought a large group of Murdoch University students and their supporters to day one at the Camarri Feedlot at Cundinup.
Camera IconBetter Beef brought a large group of Murdoch University students and their supporters to day one at the Camarri Feedlot at Cundinup. Credit: Countryman

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