Young beef leaders to champion their industry in Longreach

SIX young beef industry “Rising Champions” from across Australia will travel to Longreach in Western Queensland where they will present an opportunity or a challenge facing the Australian beef industry to Cattle Council of Australia at their meeting on November 15 to compete for the national title of 2012 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion.
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The Rising Champion State finalist demonstrating greatest leadership potential, as judged by Cattle Council Executive and NAB Agribusiness, will be announced at the Beef Industry Champions Gala Dinner that night in the Stockman’s Hall of Fame.

The winner will represent young Australian beef producers at the International Livestock Congress and the Western Stock Show and will tour cattle facilities in Denver, Colorado, US, in January 2012.

This year’s State finalists, who are in the running to win the trip to US, include Ian McConnel, Queensland, Trent Anderson, Victoria, Lauchie Cole, Tasmania, Clinton Gartrell, Western Australia, Marc Greening, NSW, and Jake Phillips, South Australia.

This opportunity for has been made possible by Cattle Council Rising Beef Industry Champions Initiative, a program established to inspire, empower and support rising leaders in the Australian beef industry. The Rising Champion State finalists from both this year and last year will participate in a week of activities in Longreach aimed at building their leadership potential.

“This is the second year of running this initiative and we have made the program bigger and better this year to include a property tour between Emerald and Longreach, as well as providing the finalists with specialised training in public speaking and an opportunity to participate in a tailored leadership workshop,” Greg Brown, president of Cattle Council of Australia said.

An objective of the program is for the Rising Champion finalists from each year to form a Rising Champion Network. A Rising Champion Roundtable will be held in Longreach on the Wednesday, November 16, where the young leaders will set the strategic direction for the Network into the future.

“The success of this Initiative both this year and last year, has given the Cattle Council great optimism about the future leaders that we have in our industry,” Mr Brown said.

“Our job now is to retain interest and help them develop the skills and political know-how to influence policy and stand up for their rights as beef producers to assure a profitable future for the next generation.”

This initiative is made possible through Cattle Council’s initiative partners including NAB Agribusiness, Rural Press Limited, AgForce Queensland, Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association, Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association, NSW Farmers Association; Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA, Western Australian Farmers Federation and the South Australian Farmers’ Federation.

This project is also supported by funding from the Australian Government Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry under Australia’s Farming Future.

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