CATTLE Council of Australia is preparing for leadership renewal, with current President Howard Smith to complete his four-year term at the peak industry council’s AGM in Canberra later this month.

Members will also welcome a number of new representatives to the Cattle Council board to fill the vacancies created by retiring directors Peter Hall (AgForce), Faye Tuchtan (Victorian Farmers’ Federation) and Marc Greening (Independent Director – Southern).

Cattle Council CEO Margo Andrae said members have been asked to endorse Board candidates ahead the AGM on Tuesday, November 20.

“Based on the nominations we’ve received for the six board positions that are up for election, we’re set to welcome three new Directors at the AGM,” Ms Andrae said.

Two new Victorian representatives have been nominated, with Olivia Lawson seeking endorsement as Independent Director (Southern) and Peter Starr as the VFF’s new Board representative.

AgForce has nominated Lloyd Hick as its delegate to the Board, while fellow Queenslander David Hill was unopposed as Independent Director (Northern). Incumbent Directors Geoff Pearson (WA Farmers) and Amanda Giles (Livestock SA) have also been nominated to remain on as Directors.

They will join Cattle Council Vice President Tony Hegarty (NSW Farmers), Markus Rathsmann (NT Cattlemen’s Association), Brett Hall (Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association) and David Lovelock (Pastoralists & Graziers Association of WA), who are half-way through their current two-year terms.

“Renewal is about bringing on new leaders who offer a diverse range of experiences and qualifications, who are capable of stepping-up to represent producers and to ensure smooth succession and continuity our advocacy agenda,” Ms Andrae said.

Mr Smith, from Rolleston in Central Queensland, was first elected President in 2014.

“Howard’s passion and leadership has strengthened Cattle Council’s position for the future. And the producers who have put their hand up to join the Board will help further strengthen Cattle Council as a robust and effective voice for all Australian beef cattle producers,” Ms Andrae said.

“We encourage members to get involved in the AGM process because that grassroots participation drives Cattle Council’s effective advocacy and makes it an integral part of Australia’s beef industry.

“That’s why we remain committed to the development of a direct election model, which will be presented in draft at the 2018 AGM, so that representation from the ground-up is even stronger. We want to build on our existing strengths and ensure we have the best structures in place in the years to come to unite the industry and speak with one voice.”

Members are encouraged to use the online voting facility, which can be accessed at The deadline for voting is 8am, Tuesday 20 November, 2018.

Media contact: Tom Dawkins ( or 0409 219 527)