Angus Australia were invited to send six individuals to attend the inaugural Australian Registered Cattle Breeders (ARCBA), Young Breed Leaders Workshop held in Brisbane early July.
Ashleigh Horne, Angus Australia’s’ BREEDPLAN Project Officer, Murk and Kate Schoen, commercial cattle producers from Corowa, NSW, James Knight, commercial cattle producer and Angus Youth Consultative Committee member, Mortlake, Victoria, Laura Grubb, Teys Livestock Strategic Operations and Angus Youth Consultative Committee member, Biloela, Queensland and Haylee Herriot, Angus Australia’s Angus Youth Development & Education Officer, were all lucky enough to attend.
This workshop was unique in that it was aimed at the next generation of cattle breeders, aged between 20 and 35, focusing on “The Role of Genetics in a Modern Australian Beef Industry”.
Topics of discussion ranged from breed development, genetic innovation and adoption, youth and board development and succession planning, as well as supply chain collaboration.
The intention of the workshop was to inspire and prepare participants for senior management roles within the beef breeding industry.
The workshop was structured in a way that simulated a boardroom situation where, in small groups, the topics were discussed.
Participants had the opportunity to hear from industry leaders prior to discussion of that particular topic, with this format allowing for robust and insightful conversation.
“This created a great platform for not only (topic) discussion, but enabled participants to learn techniques on addressing an issue, communicating and dealing with different personalities that were encountered,” said Kate Schoen.
Laura Grubb was pleased to note during these discussions that Angus Australia are at the forefront of the industry when it comes to the implementation of genetic innovation, extension programs and governance.
‘The clearly defined governance structure of Angus Australia was a breath of fresh air, when discussing how decisions and directions are made within a breed society,’ she said.