Cattle expert Bill to retire
ONE of the most widely-known identities in North Coast agriculture, Bill Hoffman, will retire on Friday after 37 years with Industry and Investment (I and I) NSW (formerly NSW Department of Agriculture).
The past 26 years of his long career have been spent as the region’s Casino-based beef cattle officer and a farewell has been arranged for March 18 in Casino, which all friends and colleagues are invited to attend.
“Bill has had a huge impact on the local beef ,” said I and I NSW regional director John Williams.
“He has stood with local beef producers through the highs and lows of the past four decades, in droughts and floods, price crashes and disease scares – always providing timely and well-researched advice.”
Orange-based manager extensive livestock industry development, Gary Want, said Bill had been a major advocate of crossbreeding in the North Coast environment, and had played a big role in having the results of the highly regarded Grafton-based research work adopted by industry, leading to significant gains for producers, and his field days and producers’ meetings were highlights on the rural calendar.
Mr Want said Mr Hoffman had also managed programs for Meat and Livestock Australia and the Beef CRC across all of NSW and southern Australia and produced the quarterly newsletter Beef News for 24 years, as well as mentoring staff.
“Bill has provided valuable guidance, and is highly regarded by his colleagues across all sections of the Department,” he said.
Those wishing to attend Bill Hoffman’s farewell on March 18 next week please RSVP to Robyn Dietrich on 6662 2288.