Thinking back to 2021 in reflection, we said to our kids, be sure to remember this year because we’re not sure you’ll see it again.
For much of the country, there has been a stellar break in the season.
While some lament the rather soggy wheat fields and the odd mired-in harvester, the green grass is the best Christmas ornament I can think of.
There is not a piece of garland or a light garland that can match it.
Prices have been simply stratospheric – for land, for livestock, and for almost every commodity.
I think this year will be the year they talk about in the history books.
Livestock prices have been supported by huge demand for beef, which is such a boost for all of us in the beef game and goes against a wave of anti-meat rhetoric.
In fact, the only food to dive this year seemed to be fake meat.
Kudos to our consumers for seeing through the spin.
Who knew modern Australians loved to cook so much.
As an industry, we have lamented the disappearance of the home kitchen over the past 30 years.
With restaurants closing, consumers dusted off cookbooks, rolled up their sleeves and fell in love with good old-fashioned home-cooked products.
It’s not often that the stars align with rain and prices.
In fact, it’s often just the opposite, and 2021 was the year the stars, the moon, and even the ducks all managed to align.
The magic of our agriculture industry is the level of investment in the right times and I see that happening all around us.
People are investing in infrastructure, in people, in genetics and in innovation – and not just in the computer genre.
Investing in people excites me the most.
I see so many farm businesses engaging with young people and talking about opportunities in farming.
It’s great to see.
Unfortunately, our products are not the only ones growing rapidly on the X axis and 2022 may well see growing challenges in the supply of many essential inputs to agriculture.
Hopefully we stay ahead and these supply chain issues don’t undermine confidence or investment.
I would also like to highlight the great efforts made by the Red Meat Advisory Committee (RMCC) this year to take the militant narrative head-on.
I think it also marked me this year.
They were well supported by very proactive agricultural senators.
I would like more of that in 2022.
I won’t mention the “C” word that once again dominated our headlines in 2021 and saw some of our families split.
We have had young people here unable to visit their families for fear of crossing a state border.
I hope 2022 brings us all back together, towards a common goal of a smaller, more accountable government.
It’s my Christmas wish that 2022 brings more green grass, more consumers enjoying our great Australian produce, and oxen getting so big you can eat your Christmas dinner on your back.
– Josie Angus is a beef producer from central Queensland.
The Beef Grower’s story looks back at the season that first appeared on Stock & Land.