RED Angus Society of Australia executive officer Colin Rex is leaving the ABRI building.
After almost 12 years working with the breed, he advised the society of his resignation on November 26, effective January 16, 2015.
But Mr Rex will continue in the stud cattle industry as the new breed development manager for the Charolais Society of Australia.
He will commence with the Charolais Society on March 2, 2015.
“The opportunity arose to work with the Charolais breed and, having had a strong involvement with the breed in the past, it’s an exciting progression in my career,” he said.
“Having had the opportunity to breed all the major European breeds as a stud manager, I really appreciate what the Charolais can do.”
He said his new role with the Charolais Society was “sort of like going home for me”, having spent 5.5 years breeding them.
“I hope to increase their brand recognition and assist in making Charolais a preferred European breed, really to lift the profile of the breed in the industry,” he said.
Mr Rex – a South Australian ex-pat – has held the role of executive officer for the Red Angus, Brangus, Red Poll and Highland breeds, as well as Dorper sheep, in his 12 years at ABRI.
Since 2003, he has managed the ABRI Breed Secretariat with 20 employees reporting to him.
“I’ve had a lot of good times and professionally it has been very rewarding,” he said.
“ABRI has offered great opportunities to increase my skill base.
“It’s a great set of people and I’m going to be sad to leave, but new career developments are exciting too.”
In 1995 Mr Rex left SA – having successfully managed several cattle studs – to manage the Airlie Charolais stud in NSW.
In 2002 he left Airlie to complete a Diploma of Agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College as a “very mature aged” student, before commencing work with ABRI.
While he has worked with a number of breeds at ABRI, it is his position with the Red Angus Society for which he is best known.
“I’ve enjoyed working with the Red Angus breed,” he said.
“I think I’ve been very fortunate to have a council that has been very supportive and breeders who are justifiably proud of a very good product, that have worked together to improve the recognition of the breed in Australia.”