It is a packed program of activity for Norco Primex 2019, below are some of the events and activities on offer.


Mid-Term Competitor (Competitors Invitation Only)

Viewing Day: 8.00am – 10.00am, Wednesday March 27th 2019

MSA Performance Feedback Trials Carcase competition – compliant with Woolworths MSA grain-fed program, provides producers the unique opportunity to benchmark the performance of their animals with a minimum requirement of teams based on 10* steers/heifers to be entered. The trials aim to reflect commercial conditions for cattle entering the grain fed, MSA graded domestic chain. Awarded on carcase performance including ability to meet market specifications, eating quality and lean meat yield, as well as feedlot performance and profitability. All competitors are invited to view their cattle at B-Feeder, Rodgers Creek Warwick prior to the open Producers Forum to be held at Warwick RSL following. This will be the only chance for competitors to view the progress of their cattle prior to processing and RSVP is essential to ensure seat allocation on the bus provided to operate between Warwick & Bfeeders.


Beef Industry Producer Forum Update – Wednesday 27th March, Warwick RSL

All Beef & Dairy Producers Welcome – FREE Ticketed Event 

Norco Primex will hold a Producer Forum Update at the Warwick RSL Wednesday 27th March from 10am for 10.30am supported by Meat & Livestock Australia.

The program is associated with Norco Primex Field Days, Livestock Essentials Congress and link to the MSA Performance Feedback Trials currently being staged at Bfeeders Rodgers Creek.

All producers are welcome to attend this event provided free of charge including morning tea & light lunch by Primex Field Days.

The Producer Forum Update will have presentations and speakers covering; Latest Beef Industry Market Updates, Eating Quality, Grading & MSA Index, Teys Australia – How to sell meat in the 21st Century, Allflex Australia – Allflex SenseHub information for Beef & Dairy, Guest Speaker AgForce Southern Inland Regional Manager – Sharon Purcell.

Tickets available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/beef-industry-producer-forum-update-tickets-58075456253

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Plan, Play & Stay – Primex & Destinations on the North Coast

Your one stop place to check out what’s happening at Norco Primex.

Special offers and discounts to visit some of the North Coast’s best destinations, tours and experience the wonders of the Region.

Access to the best range of accommodation, providing business, working holiday and vacation venues to stay.

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Welcome Networking Event (invite only event): 4.30pm – Thursday 16th May, 2019

This is a special function for invited exhibitors, sponsors and special guests, where the Primex organisers welcome all our supporting stakeholders and offer an opportunity to network in a unique agribusiness venue. Supported by our associated sponsor partners, the relationship between Primex and our supporters is a special one that we are proud to offer as a unique part of our program.


Advancing Women in Business & Agriculture, ‘Up with the Sparrows Breakfast’ – Friday 17th May

Norco Primex invite you to be inspired by three women in the Australian agricultural industry who all have that grass roots “back to basics, get it done” attitude. You will hear from Belinda Murphy – Mayor of the McKinlay Shire which has recently been ravaged by drought and flooding rains, in the same week. Heidi Smith who manages all the human resources for one of Australia’s largest beef cattle property holdings – MDH. As well as manage a cattle station with her husband Clint in the north and Jane Newsome who manages a cattle and grain property as well as an additional business in Glenn Innes through the horrors of Australia’s most relentless drought.

Kim Skubris will interview these three amazing women bringing out their best and at times their worst, telling the stories of how they managed to hang on with their fingernails when all else seems so so hard.

The Advancing Women in Business and Agriculture breakfast, aptly named “Up with the Sparrows” will be a morning of sharing, inspiration, support and acknowledging that the women in the south have the backs of the women in the north, and vice versa. See you there!

Tickets available at Eventbrite: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/advancing-women-in-business-agriculture-breakfast-up-with-the-sparrows-tickets-56847900601

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The Red Meat & Industry Awards Dinner: 6.00pm for 6.30pm start – Friday 17th May

The Red Meat & Industry Awards Dinner will feature three dishes representing the best of Australian Beef, Sheep & Goat, held in the unique venue of the Primex Hospitality Pavilion.

In conjunction with the extensive Livestock Essentials Congress and program, the evening will be an opportunity to relax, mingle and meet up with friends. You will be present to witness the presentation of a range of industry awards including The Earle Bulmer Memorial Shield, MSA Performance Feedback Trials Carcase Competition and more. Leading industry speakers will present to a special Red Meat Industry audience and amongst some of the leading producers throughout eastern Australia, whilst celebrating the outstanding presence and quality of Australia’s Red Meat Industries.

Tickets available at Eventbrite:  https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/red-meat-industry-awards-dinner-tickets-57760397905


Primex Joy flights (Duration of Primex)

A regular feature of Norco Primex has been the chance to see The Great Australian Primary Industries Expo from the air with a joy flight. Supported by Gold Coast Helitours you can have a wonderful experience checking out what Primex looks like from above.

With a crew of experienced pilots and ground staff operating helicopters, you have a chance to have a scenic flight across the surrounds district with this being a must for all you fun-seekers.


The Land Train (Duration of Primex)

This is the ‘Go anywhere train’ that comfortably seats up to 36 passengers of all ages (adult supervision required). The experienced, uniformed engineer will guide the train and its colourful carriages expertly around Primex to support our visitors and offer a great family experience with multiple drop off and pick up points around Primex, our Food Courts, Entry Gates and other designated locations.


Feed Farm Animals (Duration of Primex)

Home to cute and cuddly baby animals, the Primex Animal Nursery is a family favourite.

The kids (and the big kids) will be all smiles as they get up close to many of their favourite farmyard animals through the nursery.

Feed, pat and get selfies with a range of loveable animals including calves, lambs, ducklings, chooks and goats and make some new farmyard friends while making memories with the family having a great time out at Primex.


Farm Kids Workshops – Saturday 18th May 2019

Working with Kids Club, The Farm Byron Bay in association with Norco Primex will present a series of special kids workshops.

As there is a limit to these workshops, visitors need to book in advance via Eventbrite to avoid disappointment with the following one day program:

  • 9.15am – 10.15am – Farm Kids Chicken Workshop
    Discussion: the importance of ethical & sustainable egg production
    Craft: upcycle the egg shells to make egg heads
  • 11.00am – 12.00pm – Farm Kids Bees Workshops
    Discussion: The integral role of bees in our world & what we can do to assist the plight of the diminishing bee population.
    Craft: beeswax candles & plant flower seed to attract bees
  • 1.00pm – 2.00pm – Farm Kids Beneficial Bugs Workshops
    Discussion: We discuss what beneficial bugs are and just how important they are for our eco-system and why companion planting helps our garden to grow without pesticides.
    Craft: We make gorgeous bug magnets.
  • 2.45pm – 3.45pm – Farm Kids Cows Workshops
    Discussion: What is Beef and Dairy? Ethical farming and animal welfare.
    Craft: We make a cow themed trinket jar and learn how to make butter.

Reptile Awareness (Duration of Primex)

Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia (RADOA) was originally formed to combat a general misunderstanding of snakes and other reptiles in the community and have found a need to promote public awareness of reptiles – especially snakes and related first aid treatments. A strong supporter of Norco Primex, Allan Burnett is the reptile presenter for Reptile Awareness Displays of Australia.

Allan has many years of experience with snakes and is highly motivated in the promotion of snake education and snake bite prevention. Visit http://www.radoa.com.au/


School’s Tractor Pull Challenge (scheduled times – refer to program)

2019 will be the inaugural year of the Schools Tractor Pull is a fun event where primary schools submit a team of 20 students to pull a tractor over a distance of 40 metres as fast as they can with a rope. Times will be recorded and the four fastest schools from the heats will then compete at Primex for $2,000 prize money for their School.
Limited places are available- if required, heats will be held on Thursday (May 16) and/or Friday (May 17) with the Final made up of the fastest four Schools and staged on Saturday (May 18).


Pitch At Primex

Venture Organic and Sourdough Business Pathways will be presenting “Pitch At Primex”.

Do You Have An Innovative Idea or Start-up That Could Create Exponential Outcomes in the Sustainable Food System? Need An Investor Or Other Help To Build Your Business?

​Join Us For Your Chance to Pitch Your Start-up to the industry’s leading impact investors, thought leaders, agribusiness mentors and start up experts aligned with the Business, Investment & Innovation Hub at Norco Primex 2019.

Pitch to find an investor, pitch to build your team, or pitch to find a mentor!

For further details and to register, please visit www.ventureorganic.com


Paddock to Plate (Duration of Primex check program schedule)

The Northern Rivers is an outstanding place to visit and one of Australia’s most diverse food bowls.

Imagine, a venue where Chefs provide a pathway to see, experience and taste these culinary delights, where fruits, vegetable, meats, brewery and distillery collide in front of your eyes. The licensed venue for Paddock to Plate will offer you amazing culinary and retail delights where you can eat, drink and enjoy fresh produce


Innovation Hub (Duration of Primex check program schedule)

This is the place where everything new and exciting in invention, innovation, start-ups, business, investment, government agencies and a diverse range of collaborative organisations are on board to provide advice and support in all aspects of solutions based outcomes.

  • Special Featured Exhibit – Primex Innovation Scholarship Recipient 2018-2019 – Flow Hive
  • See the just released Jaguar I-Pace All-Electric Car

Visit the Innovation Hub and experience new dimensions in agtech, drone applications and technologies and an extensive range of exhibits and special presentations


Livestock Essentials Congress (Duration of Primex check program schedule)

The Livestock Essentials Congress will be presented as part of Primex catering to all commercial and stud producers, with 1000 suppliers including national and international exhibitors and culminating with the Red Meat Industry Awards Dinner May 17th, in the Hospitality Pavilion at Norco Primex 2019.

Imagine experiencing a showcase of Australia’s livestock industries including beef, dairy, sheep, goat, pork, alpaca, bison, working dogs and much more!

An extensive 3 day program caters for commercial and stud producers with breed stud sales, commercial heifer sale, Primex breeds grand parade, Australian Working Dog Team Trials and more. Visit the Norco Primex program released just before the event for further details.

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Entertainment (Duration of Primex check program schedule)

We are very pleased to have James Blundell, a Primex Ambassador leading the entertainment alongside his son Briar for the event. Experience our rural culture with performers that also include Katie Brooke who will offer a genuine country atmosphere in our “pop up” locations including the North & South Food Courts, Paddock to Plate and Main Hospitality Pavilions.