The TNQ Hub is pleased to present our Industry Expert Video series. This series will explore our expert’s career, their wealth of knowledge and their demonstrated ability to provide specialist advice that empowers land managers and industry to make future focused decisions.
Videos will be released weekly so stay tuned.
“During the drought years we need to be prepared for the floods that follow, during the floods we need to be prepared for the droughts that follow.” Professor Roger Stone, Expert Meteorologist and Climatologist
During the discussions held with Roger he talked about the preparedness of farmers for weather and climate extremes and how weather patterns have changed and will continue to change. Roger highlighted the implications of the whole supply chain because of these changes. Roger reflected upon how his career commenced by using the analogy that both flying and farming have a lot in common when it comes to making crucial decisions based on the weather. From an aviation meteorologist Roger undertook further study to understand complex climate implications for the agriculture and water resources globally.
“One of the main things I’ve put effort and time into, is encouraging beef producers to better manage their businesses and enterprises during drought.” Bob Shepherd, Extension Officer.
During the discussions with Bob, he reflected upon his commencement in the Agricultural Sector and the study and career opportunities that were available to him. Bob talked about his 30 years in beef extension and the challenges and opportunities presented to landholders. Bob was a key contributor in on-the-job training activities across north and north west Queensland for numerous early career professionals. Bob also placed emphasis upon maintaining his own technical knowledge by attending Australian and international conferences. Bob indicated that mentoring is important aspect in extension as well as working closely with landholders and understanding their environment.