For the first time since opening to direct membership in January 2014, Cattle Council of Australia members will have the opportunity to vote for two independent cattle producers to sit on the Cattle Council board and provide direction for the Australian cattle industry.   Cattle Council is calling for nominations of cattle producers who wish to sit on the Cattle Council board to represent the interests of the Australian beef production industry.    The Cattle Council’s Annual General Meeting (AGM) to be held at 8am on Wednesday 12 November 2014 in North Sydney.   All board positions are up for nomination this year as it is the first AGM under Cattle Council’s new constitution. In addition to the current board positions nominated by state members, two direct board member board positions will also be elected at this meeting – one from the north and one from the south. Written nominations for board positions must also be received by 15 October 2014 with Direct membership nominations supported by at least 20 Direct members.   “This AGM signifies an exciting new era for the Cattle Council of Australia being the first under our new constition,” said outgoing Cattle Council President, Andrew Ogilvie.   “It has been an eventful year for grassfed beef producers. One of the recurring themes we hear is that grassfed producers seek greater ownership of their industry. This AGM presents that opportunity with two direct members being elected for the first time.”   “Direct Members are entitled to express an interest to sit on one of Cattle Council’s policy Consultative committees, one of the key initiatives over the past 18 months that has led to more robust policy being developed for the industry and improved corporate structures for our board.”   “It is not too late to sign up to be involved. Producers can sign up on Cattle Council’s website to become a direct member and I would encourage all producers to do this so that they can have their say on matters of national importance for their industry. It is not Cattle Council’s industry – it’s yours,” Mr Ogilvie said.   To apply as a direct member of Cattle Council: To nominate as an Independent Board Member download nomination form here:


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