Backing next generation of beef industry leaders

Angus-youth-2020Following the success of the inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program in February, applications are now open for the 2020 Angus Youth and Achmea GenAngus Feature Leaders Program, taking place in Melbourne, March 18-20. 

The GenAngus program will see 12 young beef industry members selected to take part in a three-day intensive workshop, followed by twelve-month leadership journey with the assistance of professionals in the industry. 

Applicants must be an Angus Australia member aged between 18 and 40 years of age, and who currently run, or about to enter into, a business within the beef industry. Applications for the program close 6 January 2020. 

The workshop will be host to the following presentations: 

• Mindset, presented by Julian Prosser of Slight Edge Consulting 

• Risk and Liability, with Allan Deacon of Achmea, Australia’s specialist farm insurer and partner of Angus Australia 

• Business Writing with Australian Online Courses 

• Improving your Herd Genetics with Matt Reynolds of Angus Australia 

• Finance Fundamentals and Beef Benchmarking presented by John Francis of Holmes and Sacket 

• Marketing and Branding with Diana Wood of Angus Australia 

• Finding Your Places in the Market with Alastair Rayner of Rayner Ag 

• Succession Planning, with Isobel Knight of Proagtive 

Angus Australia Youth Development Officer Candice Liddle looks forward to the 2020 workshop. 

“We are excited to bring together a number of high-class industry professionals to pass on their knowledge and insight to our aspiring leaders in the industry,” Mrs Liddle said. 

“Last year our participants really enjoyed the benefits of a small group size and the intensive sessions that were offered at the workshop. We look forward to providing this again to our next group of participants.” 

2019 participant Katherine McCallum of Balfour, New Zealand owns a 319-hectare mixed farming system of sheep, dairy support and an Angus Stud with her husband, and said the following in regard to her time in the program. 

“I found the workshop to have a great balance of opinion and learning how to use current and historic data for the purpose of making future decisions has been a highlight.” 

Aimee Bolton of Congupna, Victoria also took part in the 2019 program and believes she took away knowledge that she could then utilise to her herd of Black and Red Angus Cattle and her work within the industry. 

“Everything I have learnt from the program will help to create the building blocks I need to further my business, I feel so much further ahead and confident moving forward.” 

The GenAngus Future Leaders Program would not be possible without the support of Angus Australia’s partner, specialist farm insurer Achmea. 

To support stud stock producers, Achmea offers a special stud stock insurance rate of 8% for a 3-star 12-month cover, designed to give buyers peace of mind from the moment the hammer falls. 

Achmea Australia CEO Emma Thomas is incredibly proud of the success of the GenAngus Program into 2020 and encourages young industry leaders to apply before applications close on 6 January 2020. 

“Through backing the next generation of beef industry leaders, we will help to secure the future resilience of the beef industry,” Mrs Thomas said. 

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