Frontline perspective: A leading Australian breeder on what’s happening on the ground in Indonesia
Since it was first detected in Indonesia in May this year, the threat of foot-and-mouth disease (FMD) entering Australia has not only grabbed headlines and sparked heated debate, but has also sparked a concerted effort by government and industry to guard against the introduction of the disease into the country. shores. Lumpy skin disease (LSD) is also active in Indonesia and is another significant threat to Australian cattle industries, particularly in the north of the country.
The Federal Government has announced a new Commonwealth Task Force will be set up to help ensure Australia is fully prepared to respond rapidly to growing biosecurity threats, while the Queensland Government has pledged $22 million to help protect the state against foot-and-mouth disease and LSD. But what is happening on the ground in Indonesia – a long-time valued trading and tourism partner of Australia?
Consolidated Pastoral Society CEO, Troy Setterand a well-known agri-food identity and Queensland Livestock Exporters Council Chairman, Greg Pankhurst, regularly travel to Indonesia to oversee the operations of their businesses, including navigating the evolving FMD and LSD situation. Listen to Troy and Greg, in conversation with Trent Thorne, agribusiness lawyer and former RPC chairas they discuss what they are seeing on the front line, whether we are doing enough to slow the spread in Indonesia and what Australia needs to focus on to overcome this major risk.
Prior to being appointed Managing Director of Consolidated Pastoral Company, a large Australian and Indonesian private agribusiness, Troy was Chief Operating Officer of Australian Agricultural Company. Troy has held key leadership positions in agribusiness companies including North Australian Cattle Company, Torrens Investments, Killara and Twynam Group. Troy has worked in the agribusiness industry, from production to processing and marketing of beef, sheep, grain, cotton, land use planning and logistics.
Troy also currently chairs the board of directors of Dolly’s Dream, the council of research and development companies and LiveCorp and is a past chairman of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and several other organisations. In addition to having a degree in rural science from the University of New England, he also completed the Agribusiness program at Harvard Business School and the Australian Rural Leadership Program.
Greg is a respected agribusiness consultant considered one of the pioneers of Australia’s livestock export trade with Indonesia. His experience there includes serving as feedlot manager for a 15,000-yard facility in Sumatera in 1991, at the start of a 30-year career in Indonesian agriculture.
In 1999 Greg partnered with friend and business colleague, Dicky Adiwoso, to start a number of feedlot operations in Java and Sumatera, and in 2000 formed a joint venture with Consolidated Pastoral Company to build, operate and develop two feedlots with an annual throughput of 120,000 head. These feedlots have since imported over two million cattle to help supply fresh beef to Indonesia’s growing population.
Greg sold those interests in 2018 but continued to advise a number of Southeast Asian beef operations. He is also the current Chairman of the Queensland Livestock Exporters Association and advises a number of industry bodies and companies with an interest in agriculture. Greg holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics from the University of New England.
Managing Director at Société Pastorale Consolidée
Chairman of the Queensland Livestock Exporters Association
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