10 September 2019
Karla Bridges, Communications Director NQLIRA wit Rodger Jefferis, Elrose Station Brahman Stud inspecting the breeding and restocking program. Since appointment as Chairman and CEO of the North Queensland Livestock Industry Reconstruction Agency, Shane Stone and Agency staff travelled thousands of kilometres through the flood-impacted area in North West Queensland to meet with those affected by the monsoon of January 2019. In September 2019, 6 months after the event, Shane Stone, Advisory Board members and Agency staff drove over 4,400kms through much of North and North West Queensland. Farm visits were organized by a host family and neighbours invited to attend. All NQLIRA staff were obligated to participate in such visits. Shane Stone was strongly of the view that Canberra based bureaucrats needed to get dirt under their nails, mud on their boots and travel the vast distances to understand the remoteness and challenges of Northern Australia. Rodger and Lorena Jefferis run the large scale and successful Elrose Stud with a clear and constant focus on the environment in which the Australian beef cattle industry operates. Centred at Cloncurry in North West Queensland. The Jefferis’s have firsthand experience with Australia’s unique and sometimes extreme conditions. The scope of their operation in their commercial herd, from the Gulf breeding country to Central Qld’s finishing country gives them a thorough understanding of factors such as market opportunities right through the production chain.