The Australian government has allocated A$2.5 million (about US$2.3 million) in funding for the Beef Australia expo, which will be held in Rockhampton, Queensland, in May 2015, according to a joint statement by Kevin Rudd, Australia’s prime minister, and Joel Fitzgibbon, the nation’s agriculture minister.
“The expo is the largest and most significant cattle industry event in the country and will benefit many of the 184,000 Australians employed in agriculture and meat processing by promoting our cattle and industry technology on the international stage,” Rudd and Fitzgibbon said.
Beef Australia was last held in 2012 and drew a record 85,000 people.
Australia’s government has recently focused on boosting exports to Asia with a A$60 million funding package to build the meat supply chain and improve long-term trade and investment opportunities between Australia and Indonesia. Government data showed the nation’s red meat exports in May reached a record high of 103,200 metric tons, mainly driven by demand from China.