The Cattle Council of Australia would like to welcome the newly appointed Board members to the CCA Board of Directors, announced at the 2015 CCA AGM on 9 November in Brisbane QLD.

This year four positions were available for election by the membership.

  • Brett Hall – Tasmanian Farmers & Graziers Association
  • Tony Hegarty – NSW Farmers Association
  • Ross Peatling – Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association
  • David Lovelock – Pastoralists and Graziers Association of WA

Cattle Council President and grassfed beef producer, Howard Smith stated ‘I would like to personally welcome our new directors to the CCA board and look forward to hearing their opinions and ideas to benefit all grassfed beef producers’

‘The newly elected board members are heavily involved within the grassfed beef industry and we have assured them to be ready for a big year ahead’ said Mr Smith.


Heidi Eldridge Stakeholder Relations Officer 0417249506

Brett Hall


Brett owns and manages a profitable cattle farming business that is located in the Central Highlands district of Tasmania.

It is a broad acre type farm with the focus being on breeding Angus cattle. He is passionate about farmers having an influence on the future direction of their industry and the opportunity to provide practical input into issues that affect rural people and their communities.

Current industry positions include: Chairman of the Tasmanian Red Meat Council, Tasmanian Institute of Agriculture Extensive Agriculture Centre Advisory Group, Cattle Council of Australia Research Development Adoption & Sustainability Committee and Chairman of the Tasmanian Beef Industry Trust.

Previous Industry Positions: Tasmanian Farmers and Graziers Association (TFGA) Director, TFGA Meat Council Chairman, Southern Australian Meat Research Council Chairman.

He graduated from the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation program in 2012 where he was sponsored by Meat and Livestock Australia. He has almost completed an MBA in Agricultural Innovation at the University of Tasmania after being awarded a Tasmanian State Government scholarship for the MBA program.

Dermot Anthony (Tony) Hegarty     


Tony presently run a beef enterprise with my wife Jane, at Cassilis in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales.  He has been involved in a range of primary production enterprises at the grass roots and business management levels in the Hunter Valley since completing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science from Sydney University in 1980

Tony holds some 30 years extensive agricultural and environmental knowledge and experience in the Upper Hunter, along with community representation locally and throughout New South Wales.  He is currently on Executive Council of NSW Farmers Association, a current board member of Cattle Council of Australia Board, and Chair the Research, Development, Adoption and Sustainability Committee.

Since its inception in 2014, he has been on the Board of Hunter Local Land Services. This body is responsible for the delivery of services and programs of Agricultural extension, Natural Resource Management, Animal Health, Biosecurity and Emergency Management, for landholders and Community of the region.

Tony has undertaken the Australian Institute of Company Directors, Foundations of Directorship Course and he is willing to commit time and energy to this position on Cattle Council of Australia.

Ross Peatling

Ross Peatling grew up at Childers on a sugar mill estate.  After completing year 10 he attended the Longreach Pastoral College as a foundation student in 1967/68. His first experience in rural life.

Ross commenced as a jackeroo at Strathdarr, Longreach in late 1968. He was then transferred to central NSW where he gained experience in sheep, cattle and cropping. Ross was not in love with either cropping or sheep so he made the move north to the cattle industry in February 1972 where he was employed as Headstockman for Stanbroke Pastoral Company & worked on Stanbroke Station at Dajarra, Fort Constantine at Cloncurry & Havilah Station at Collinsville until January 1980. He then obtained his first management of Wondoola Station, Normanton and stayed for eight years. He moved to the Top End very early in 1988 where he was general manager of Elsey Station, Mt Bundey & Hodgson Downs. The next move was to Gunnee feedlot at Delungra in NSW and was the livestock co-ordinator for Twynam Pastoral Co. In this position he gained valuable experience in both the purchase and sale of big numbers of cattle.

In January 1991 he was employed by The North Australian Pastoral Company and was appointed manager of the huge Alexandria Station in the Northern Territory. It was on this property that he was responsible for the management in developing a composite breed of cattle and breeding of bulls for use on Alexandria and other Napco properties. Ross also planned and implemented an improvement program, including the addition of more waters to build the breeding herd from 28000 breeders to 51000 breeders.

During his time at Alexandria Ross managed to be a branch chairman for the NTCA as well as president of the Association from 1999 – 2001. He was then appointed the Cattle Council delegate for the NTCA and stayed in this position for 10 years.

He was awarded Life Membership of the Northern Territory Cattlemen’s Association in March 2014. After 46 years in the pastoral industry Ross called it a day. He and his wife, Robyn now live at Allora on the Darling Downs on a small rural block.

David Stanley Lovelock

David and his wife Kathy operate a Brahman and Droughtmaster Cattle Stud (selling 100 bulls a year) plus Merino Sheep and Oaten Hay Enterprise at New Norcia, 130kms North of Perth.

David has had an extensive amount of experience over a broad range of cattle organisations throughout WA. After completing a B.Sc.(Hons) Dip Ed at the University of Western Australia, David has been involved with the Australian Brahman Breeders Association as  a WA Councillor (11 years) and the State Branch president for 19 years (1978 to 1997).  A committee member and current President of the United Beef Breeders Association of WA, David has experience within board operations and organisational structure. His commitment to the industry is presented by such positions as the Victorian Plains Shire Deputy President (2009-2013) and as the President from 2013 to 2015. David demonstrates a clear passion for agriculture and the beef industry, as an active member of the Moora Zone from 1990 to 2012 and 35 year member of the New Norcia Bush Fire Brigade.

David is currently the PGA of WA representative on the CCA Council and Board since 2010. He was a valued member of the CCA Research Development Extension & Sustainability subcommittee for 4 years and before moving onto the Marketing, Market, Access and Trade subcommittee. Working closely with industry his representation with PGA has provided him the opportunity to actively participate in the Meat and Livestock executive committee for 10 years.