Charlie Raff to study international beef production systems on exchange program

Charlie Raff

Presented with the opportunity to undertake an investigation into international production systems is Angus Australia member Charlie Raff, who was recently announced as the 2024 Trans Tasman Exchange recipient, proudly supported by the Angus Foundation and the New England Travel Centre. 

Through the Trans Tasman Exchange Charlie will travel around New Zealand, spending at least four weeks touring the New Zealand beef industry, investigating the supply chain and meeting seedstock and commercial producers around the country. 

The Angus Australia network of staff, members and affiliated groups will provide assistance and insight to develop a tour to Charlie’s interest. 

Angus Australia Extension Officer Nancy Crawshaw is pleased to have Charlie representing Angus Australia as the exchange recipient. 

“This exchange will provide Charlie the opportunity to experience and in turn gain a better understanding of the production of beef, and in a larger sense the greater agricultural industry, specific to New Zealand,” said Nancy. 

“It is our aim that through this exposure to differing production systems and industry, Charlie will be able to build on his knowledge and skills as a producer, expand his network internationally and further his professional and personal development.” 

Following his exchange, Charlie will provide a report of the experience, which will be available to read in the Angus Australia Bulletin and on the Angus Australia website. 

Charlie Raff, 18, for the first decade of his life was raised on his family-run Angus cattle property, ‘Raff Angus,’ in Queensland. The property was established by his grandfather back in 1965.

Eight years ago, seeking more reliable rainfall, the Raff family, which included his grandparents, parents, older brother, and two younger sisters decided to relocate their stud to King Island, Tasmania. 

Charlie has a passion for the Angus breed and is enthusiastic about the future direction of agriculture. Beyond farming, his interests include fishing, hunting, surfing, diving, and playing sports.