WEST Australian Hayley Goad is one of seven young beef producers who will travel to Canberra next week to participate in the Cattle Council's NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champions Initiative.
Hayley's passion for agriculture and hard work has seen her become WA's first female livestock auctioneer.
Originally from Roleystone, Hayley has worked on a few different properties whilst gaining a certificate III in agriculture.
"In 2008 I established my own Red Poll cattle stud and have shown at the Perth Royal Show and numerous regional agricultural shows since - winning ribbons and gaining plenty of experience and knowledge," she said.
"In 2009 I was accepted as a livestock trainee for Elders Rural, which saw me achieve a certificate III in rural operations.
"Then, in 2011, I was approached by another livestock agency, Primaries. Over the past three plus years with Primaries, I have excelled in all aspects of the business."
Since working with Primaries, Hayley has been unstoppable.
She has managed the Muchea Saleyards, which involves completing the weekly cattle and sheep auctions from start to finish, processing private cattle and working closely with the saleyard.
"I'm the assistant to our live export manager, which enables me to be heavily involved in the process of exporting livestock," she said.
"In addition, I have gained my auctioneers licence and in doing so I have become the first active female livestock auctioneer in WA."
Since achieving this, Hayley has branched out within the industry.
She sits on the RAS Perth Royal Show trade cattle committee, WA Farmers meat council committee, Muchea Users Group and attends a number of agricultural based functions.
Hayley will travel east for the three-day program where she will have the opportunity to meet with leaders of the Australian beef industry, develop her knowledge of key industry issues, participate in policy subcommittees and network with a group of like-minded young beef industry leaders.
Hayley and the other rising champions will meet Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce, Opposition agriculture spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon and key departmental policy makers.
Cattle Council president Andrew Ogilvie said he was thrilled with the strong calibre of participants.
"The council is proud of the five-year history of the Rising Champions Initiative and the myriad of opportunities that are provided to young beef producers through their participation," Mr Ogilvie said.
"I look forward to meeting the 2014 rising champions and hearing about their role in the industry and their aspirations for the future of the Australian beef industry."
The 2014 rising champions include: Stewart Moroney, Victoria; Mick Doolan, New South Wales; Cassie Cox, Norther Territory; Sam Becker, Queensland; Amanda Giles, South Australia; and Courtney Lloyd, Queensland.