Latest case study shows mining and farming successfully working together.

A property successfully producing Wagyu and Angus beef is operating right next door to BHP Billiton’s Mt Arthur Coal near Muswellbrook, the state’s largest open cut coal mine.

It is the latest example in a series of case studies showing that mining and farming are able to work together in NSW. Cattleman Trevor Petith talks about the working relationship he has with Mt Arthur Coal from his perspective and why he believes mining and farming can both thrive.

“We’ve been here 7 years and it’s been 7 productive years of farming,” Trevor Petith said.

In that time Trevor and his wife Narelle have successfully bred Wagyu bulls with Angus cows to create an F1 crossbreed. A quality product, the beef is now sold through a premium broker to some of the finest restaurants in Australia and around the world.

Trevor believes the working relationship he has with Mt Arthur is a positive one. Having spent his entire life as a farmer, Trevor says mining is as important to Australia’s future as farming.

“We work well together. We’re quite close to the mine, but we don’t have any problems. For our state and country, we need the mining industry… they bring a lot of employment to this area.”

NSW Minerals Council CEO Stephen Galilee said Trevor’s story debunked myths about mining.

“This is a great example of how mining and farming can co-exist and demonstrates that productive agricultural practices can occur right next door to large mining operations.

“Mining has coexisted with agriculture in NSW for over 200 years and will continue to do so. We know that mining has an impact and we work hard to manage this impact, because a strong working relationship between these key industries is the only way to ensure regional NSW continues to grow and prosper.”

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