The Cattle Council of Australia today announced the state finalists for the 2019 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion Initiative, which aims to empower and support young, passionate members of the Australian beef industry.
The 2019 finalists are:
• Lucy Morris, Capel, Western Australia
• Emily Pullen, Charlton, Queensland
• Tracey Gowen, Uralla, New South Wales
• Ella Anderson, Mole Creek, Tasmania
• James Campkin-Smith, Pound Creek, Victoria
• Roley James, Katherine, Northern Territory
• Kate Fairlie, Mount Gambier, South Australia
Tasmanian finalist Ella Anderson manages the breeding program for her family’s beef herd in Mayberry. The herd produces weaners for the Cape Grim branded beef product, and Ella balances her farm work and cattle management with a full-time position as a Clinical Psychologist. Ella established Cir-Ponds Gelbvieh and Murray Grey Stud with her brother, and is currently the Vice-President of the Australian Gelbvieh Association and a coordinator for Gelbvieh Youth. She is passionate about the need for farmers to tell their stories and educate consumers about food provenance and production, and sees technology and research as playing a major role in this.
The Cattle Council Rising Champions program aims to develop the skills of the next generation of beef industry leaders, and Cattle Council CEO Margo Andrae said it was important that industry plays a part in fostering their development.
“It’s critical that we provide young people with a passion for the beef industry with an opportunity to be directly involved and contribute to the decision-making that will affect their futures and the future of their industry,” Ms Andrae said.
The seven state finalists will attend a four-day program in Canberra from 12-15 August, where they will network with staff from the Department of Agriculture and Water Resources, tour and meet politicians at Parliament House, learn effective communication techniques, develop their leadership skills, and participate in Cattle Council consultative committee meetings.
The 2019 winner will be announced at the Cattle Council NAB Agribusiness Gala Dinner in Canberra on 15 August and will be sponsored to attend the 2019 International Beef Alliance Conference.
The award is supported by Cattle Council partners including NAB Agribusiness, McDonalds, Fairfax Media and the state farming organisations including the TFGA.