What's the Beef is a farmer-focussed roadshow, to be run in 9 locations across New Zealand and tailored to the commercial beef farmer. The short, multi-dimensional workshops are designed to educate producers about the added value & increased profitability that breeding quality beef can have on their businesses.
Taking place in March and April 2021, the events will feature the importance of Angus beef's eating qualities, what processors look for in a carcass, how nutrition management can benefit your program, and the important role that high performance genetics play in the equation.
Heartland Hotel Croyden, 100 Waimea Street, Croyden, Gore
Pleasant Point Rugby Football Club, Main Road, Pleasant Point, Timaru
Lobster Inn Motor Lodge (Upstairs), 115 Beach Road, Kaikoura
Barge Showgrounds Events Centre, 474 Maunu Road, Whangarei
Waitete RFC, 55 Waitete Road, Te Kuiti
Suncourt Hotel, 14 Northcroft Street, Taupo
Feilding Golf Club, 1487 Waughs Road, Feilding
Tui Brewery, SH2, Mangaitanoka
Tapuae Rugby Grounds, Hunterbrown Street, Wairoa
Dr Amy Hoogenboom, Genetics Area Manager - Zoetis
Amy consults to both stud and commercial herds on DNA technologies to make more informed decisions around animal selection, to better achieve their breeding goals and lift herd performance.
Ken Van Mackelbergh - Barbecue BOI + Pit Master
Ken is a chef and has won numerous BBQ awards in New Zealand and internationally.
Jaren Macdonald - NZ Barbecue + Pit Master
Jared is one of the founders of NZ barbecue. He started his own BBQ restaurant Texas Pete's in Hamilton, is the man behind Octopit, New Zealand's winningest BBQ and is the face of competition team More Better BBQ. Last season Jared finished 2nd overall in all New Zealand competitions. Jared's wealth of knowledge is vast and any opportunity to tap into this should not be missed.
Jon James - Apiti Tavern + Pit Master
Jon is the owner operator of the Apiti Tavern. Jon was the NZ National BBQ champion in 2019 and has competed all around NZ and the USA.
Troy Bilbrough - Bacon Bros + Pit Master
Troy is the youngest of the 4 Pit Masters but is certainly making a name for himself in Christchurch. Troy started Bacon Bros in a Food Truck before moving into premises and growing Bacon Bros to be the number 1 Burger bar in Christchurch. Troy opened a 2nd Burger & Shake outlet called Shaka which is also a big hit with Cantabrians. In May Troy will be opening his third restaurant, called Beers, which will serve craft beers and have low & slow BBQ cooking.
Jamie Gordon - Director, Macfarlane Rural Business
Jamie is a Director of Macfarlane Rural Business, a successful farm advisory company based in Ashburton, offering multi disciplinary advise to the agricultural sector. Operating primarily in the sheep, beef and deer sector, his key areas of expertise are business strategy and management, farm system analysis, intensive livestock production and supply chain systems and genetics. Prior to joining MRB, Jamie had a successful career with ANZCO culminating in the General Manager position of both the Agricultural Division and the Five Star Beef Feedlot.
Alan McDermott - AgriFood Strategy
Alan is the founder of the company AgriFood Strategy. This was created in 2018 and based in Christchurch.. Prior to the Alan was Agribusiness Manager at Anzco Foods and Agribusiness manager at Ag Research in Hamilton. Alan has a wealth of knowledge around meat quality and the pathway needed to achieve the best outcomes for farmers.
Murray Behrent - Alliance Group
Murray is General Manager Livestock for the Alliance Group based in Christchurch. The Alliance Group is a farmer owned cooperative and one of the country's biggest exporters of red meat to over 65 countries worldwide.