Angus for Every System – Breeding for Profitability in Northern Australia

With more large scale operations seeking out Angus genetics to complement their breeding operations and drive further genetic improvement, marketability and profitability, the Angus Australia Beef Australia 2024 seminar will take a deep dive into how Angus genetics are being utilised across these operations in traditional bos indicus areas, as well as focusing on how the use of Angus genetics in these operations is improving productivity and profitability.

Joining the seminar will be Ben Noller from Palgrove Pastoral, Troy Setter from Consolidated Pastoral Co and Ian McLean from Bush AgriBusiness.

Palgrove has been breeding Angus and Brangus purebred bulls for many years. And since 2009 pioneered the development of the Palgrove Ultrablack using Angus. The bulls in this program are described as, ‘a ‘tropical Angus’ with a sleek coat, pliable hide and the constitution that comes from their ‘hint of Bos Indicus’ and have the ‘meat quality of Angus in a tolerant heat package’. Ben will talk through the Palgrove Ultrablack program, and the impact Angus genetics have for their breeding program in Northern Australia.

Angus genetics play a key role in the breeding program on some of the Consolidated Pastoral Company’s (CPC) stations. Troy will take us behind the scenes of why Angus are key for CPC and how they manage the introduction of Angus genetics into the harsh environment they operate in, as well as the management strategies they employ to maximise the productivity and longevity of Angus bulls in their breeding herds.

The Bush Agribusiness Report, ‘Profiting from Angus Genetics in Commercial Herds’ released in 2022 showed that the Angus breed has potential to provide market premiums to beef producers, whilst also adding production benefits related to fertility and growth. Ian will take a deep dive into the outcomes of this report to highlight how cattle producers can reap the benefits of infusing Angus genetics into their production systems.

Seminar Details: 

Seminar: Angus for every system – Breeding for profitability in northern Australia
Date: Tuesday May 7
Where: James Lawrence B
Time: 2-3.30pm 


Ben Noller, General Manager, Palgrove Pastoral

Ben Noller is the General Manager of Palgrove, one of Australia’s Largest Charolais and Ultrablack Studs. He has been with Palgrove for 7 years following the transition of the company from a family operation to a corporate enterprise. His family have a long history within the Charolais breed and this is what drove Ben’s passion for the stud cattle industry and continual improvements in beef production through genetics. Ben’s lifetime involvement in the industry has seen him working with numerous breeds and strong industry mentors which has equipped Ben with the skillset to push Palgrove forward.

Ben manages the seedstock production and sales of a herd of 6500 plus registered cattle and ensures that Palgrove’s genetic performance remains at the forefront of the industry. His focus remains on producing genetics that improve profitability for commercial producers.


Troy Setter, CEO & Director, Consolidated Pastoral Company

Troy is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of Consolidated Pastoral Company, a large, privately owned, Australian and Indonesian Agrifood business. 

Troy also currently Chairs the Board of Dolly’s Dream, the Council of Research and Development Corporations and LiveCorp and is a former Chair of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and several other organisations. Along with having a degree in Rural Science from University of New England, he has also completed the Agribusiness program at Harvard Business School and The Australian Rural Leadership Program. 

Troy has worked across the agribusiness industry in production through to processing and marketing for beef, sheep, grains, cotton, land development and logistics. Troy was previously the Chief Operating Officer of Australian Agricultural Company. Troy has held key executive positions with agribusinesses including, North Australian Cattle Company, Torrens Investments, Killara and Twynam Group. 

Ian McLean, Managing Director, Bush Agribusiness

Ian is Managing Director of Bush AgriBusiness. Ian, and the team, work with large and small pastoral businesses, helping them understand and improve business performance. Ian enjoys working with, and learns a lot from top performing pastoral businesses.

Prior to starting Bush AgriBusiness, Ian worked for the NT Cattlemen’s Association, initially in member services and project management and later as Executive Officer, the NT DPI in training and extension, Deloitte as an Audit Analyst and has done station work in Qld and the NT. He holds a Master of Business Administration and is accredited as a Chartered Agriculturist by the Ag Institute of Australia



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