BEEF Australia chairman Geoff Murphy has stepped down from the position he held for nine years.
The prominent Rockhampton businessmen said he decided it was time to hand over the reins.
"I just felt I'd been there long enough. I'd been deputy chair for three years and chairman for nine, so thought it was maybe time I stepped aside," Mr Murphy said.
He said he was pleased with the progress the organisation had made during his time there.
"I'm very happy with where we're at. It's got quite a few assets ... and it's got enough funding to see it through to the next event," Mr Murphy said.
"I've achieved all the goals I set out to achieve.
"We weren't a very professional organisation when I began. We've turned it into what I call ... a very professional organisation and a very professional event.
"At the time I took over, we had about 50,000 people attend. At the last event we had 86,000."
Mr Murphy will now focus his attention on the CQ NRL bid but said he would continue to give his support to Beef Australia.
"I'll still keep my interest in it, 100%," he said.
Mr Murphy will be replaced by Blair Angus, owner and manager of Angus Pastoral Company, running 35,000 head on four properties in Central and Northern Queensland involving breeding, backgrounding and feedlotting.
He has been vice-chairman since 2003. Beef Australia vice-chairman Geoff Maynard and board member David Warriner have also stepped down, the vacancies caused by the three retiring board members being filled by Ken Murphy, Noel Grant and Chris Todd.
Beef Australia will next be held from May 4-9, 2015.
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