National Ag Day celebrated with local beef on the barbie

Farmer-councillors Brian Murray, John Macnish, Gary Verri and Peter Petty hosted a special barbecue on Bruxner Park for the community to mark National Ag Day.
Farmer-councillors Brian Murray, John Macnish, Gary Verri and Peter Petty hosted a special barbecue on Bruxner Park for the community to mark National Ag Day.

Tuesday, November 21 is designated National Ag Day so mayor Peter Petty threw some local beef on the barbie in Bruxner Park and invited the community to acknowledge the industry which contributes so much to the local economy.

Statistics reveal that each year the average Aussie farmer feeds 400 Australians, and 600 people around the globe. Beef cattle farming was the local government area’s top industry of employment accounting for 14.2 per cent of its workforce (312 workers), according to 2016 census data.

This well exceeded the next most populous industries of aged care residential services (4.0 per cent/90 workers), local government administration (3.7 per cent/83 workers) and supermarket/grocery stores and accommodation (both 2.8 per cent/64 workers).

The smell of Tenterfield beef patties and sausages wafting down Rouse St on Tuesday indicated that all those local producers are doing a great job.

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