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DAF senior beef extension officer to retire after 50 years’ service

News release | 26-Jul-2017

Alan Laing, senior beef extension officer is retiring after 50 years’ service with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.

Alan is well known in beef circles and has been based in North Queensland for most of his career. DAF Science Director, Beef and Sheep Bob Karfs acknowledged Alan’s contribution to the department and to the beef industry.

“Alan’s knowledge of the northern Australian beef industry, its people, history, landscapes and productive potential is second-to-none,” he said.

“His willingness to impart his understanding is well recognised by producers and staff alike and he has a special knack of making projects work, often in challenging circumstances.”

Mr Karfs said Alan had been based in North Queensland for most of his career, starting out as a cadet with the Department of Primary Industries in 1968.

“Alan has been involved in many programs for the department including breeder herd management, artificial insemination programs, grazing trials, cattle supplement trials and stockhorse breeding.

“He has also led many Producer Demonstration Site projects, which have been important in demonstrating the practical outcomes from research to achieve practice change among producers.

“Another key achievement is his contribution to the Northern Muster newsletter which he edited for 21 years (1990 – 2011). The Northern Muster is an important tool of the extension process, providing objective information on all aspects of beef cattle production.

“I would like to thank Alan for his service to the department and leading us through many challenges over the last 50 years. We will miss his expertise and practical way of getting things done,” said Mr Karfs.

Media contact: Isabel Bryce, 3330 4518