Victorian Brad Gilmour has been declared the 45th President of Angus Australia at a meeting of the Board Directors held in Armidale NSW on May 25.
Brad owns and runs a family based Angus breeder operation, Gilmour Pastoral near the South West Victorian town of Terang and has been a member of Angus Australia for 22 years and a Board member since April 2015.
Brad and his wife Marg provided one of the co-operator herds for the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program across five cohorts from 2011.
He is also actively involved in the Angus Victorian State Committee, where he has been Chairman on three occasions, the Western Victorian Regional Group where he has also been Chairman on three occasions and the Angus Youth program.
As a family, the Gilmours’ identified the Angus breed close to 30 years ago, as the perfect opportunity to grow their beef business.
‘I have always believed in the Angus premium and when we moved to a purebred Angus operation I knew we were making the right move’ said Brad.
‘Breeding Angus has been the right decision for us and has allowed us to build both a profitable and sustainable beef operation’.
You would be hard pressed to find someone more passionate about the Angus breed and the future it holds in the beef industry, and as a large scale commercial operator Brad has highlighted some key areas of growth within Angus Australia that he believes are crucial to the growth of the Angus breed.
‘Being a commercial Angus breeder I am excited about Angus Brand Verification and protecting the integrity of the breed’, he said
‘I believe that this program will have a flow on effect through the industry as a whole from the seedstock to the commercial breeder’.
Brad also has a great enthusiasm for the development of the beef industry leaders of the future and can’t wait to be involved in the fantastic programs such as the GenAngus Future Leaders Program in conjunction with Achmea Australia.
‘It will be exciting to see this program rolled out in the next couple of months by Angus Australia, targeting all young beef industry enthusiasts’, said Brad.
And with the 100 year anniversary of Angus Australia coming up in 2019, Brad anticipates a huge year of celebration for Angus breeders across the country.
‘Angus Australia will not only be looking to the future but will be reflecting on the huge advances we have made in the last 100 years as a breed and an organisation’, he said.
Brad will be taking over the role of President from Libby Creek from South Australia and will be supported by a team of 9 other Director’s, including Vice President Sam White from Bald Blair Angus, Guyra New South Wales.
‘In taking over as President of Angus Australia, I am very grateful to recent past Presidents Hugh Munro and Libby Creek for the work they have done and I look forward to working with the new board into the future’, he said.