Those who want to create networks among beef industry leaders and between the ages of 21 and 35 passionate about cutting positive tracks for Australia’s cattlemen and women can apply for Cattle Council Rising Champions Initiative.
Matched with a mentor, who is also a beef producer on Cattle Council, candidates will travel to Tasmania to share their views on the ‘real-life’ policy challenges facing the industry.
The 2011 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion will win an all-expenses paid beef tour in Denver, Colorado, US, aligned with the National Western Stock Show.
Greg Brown, Cattle Council of Australia president, said the Rising Champions Initiative was about “giving young people who have a genuine interest in the beef industry an attractive opportunity to have input on those issues that will undoubtingly impact their future and equipping the next generation of beef industry leaders”.
State farm organisations that are members of Cattle Council - AgForce Queensland, Northern Territory Cattlemen's Association, NSW Farmers Association, Pastoralists and Graziers' Association of WA, Western Australian Farmers Federation, South Australian Farmers Federation and Victorian Farmers Federation - will elect one young leader from their respective organisations to attend Cattle Council’s annual general meeting in Tasmania where they will present their project that targets one of the ‘real-life’ policy challenges facing the Australian beef industry.
They may choose from a myriad of issues, including environment, emissions trading, cattle health and welfare, profitability, marketing, biosecurity, market access and trade and will be supported by a mentor who sits on the council to develop their project.
Young people demonstrating commitment to the beef industry between the ages of 21 and 35 can apply online at the Cattle Council website.
Applications close on October 1.
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