TIQ played host during May to delegations from Argentina and Asia visiting Queensland for the Beef Australia 2018 expo being held in Rockhampton.

Held every three years, Beef Australia is one of the world’s leading beef industry events and attracted around 100,000 visitors, including more than 900 international business delegates.

This year’s delegates included more than 30 beef producers from Argentina, whose visit was organised by TIQ’s Chile and Brisbane offices.

The group was drawn from Argentina’s non-profit Regional Consortiums of Agricultural Experimentation, which meet regularly to share farming information and knowledge.

TIQ CEO Virginia Greville said the delegation’s visit had benefits to both countries.

‘The Argentinian delegates were given an overview of the $3 billion Queensland beef industry by staff from the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries and TIQ,’ Ms Greville said.

‘These visits enable the strengthening of relationships with other beef-producing nations and promotion of our industry.’

The Argentinian farmers toured the Port of Brisbane and inspected feedlots and abattoirs in New South Wales before flying to Rockhampton for Beef Australia.

TIQ also welcomed a second delegation during the week, hosting 22 migration agents, business migrants and investors from China, Taiwan, and Vietnam.

Accompanied by staff from TIQ’s Business and Skilled Migration Queensland team, the delegation spent a week learning about trends and opportunities in the state’s agriculture sector.

After attending a welcome briefing in Brisbane, the group visited Beef Australia and port and farm areas around Rockhampton.

Twelve delegates then headed further north to visit Central Queensland cattle farms and meet representatives from the Mackay and Whitsunday regional councils.

All delegates left with a better understanding of investment opportunities in beef and cattle export, fruit and grain export, and other Queensland enterprises.

The Queensland Government was a principal partner in Beef Australia, which ran from 6 to 12 May.

TIQ promoted Beef Australia through its 15 international offices, and was an integral part of the Beef Australia Handshakes Program, which matched investors, exporters and producers attending the expo.

Agriculture is identified as one of Queensland’s traditional export strengths in the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.