The Cattle Council of Australia board have today elected Howard Smith as President.   Howard takes over the role from Andrew Ogilvie, who has completed his maximum three year term as President.    “First and foremost, I would like to personally thank and commend Andrew for the role that he played as Cattle Council President. The contribution that Andrew has made to the beef industry was not without significant time away from his own family and business. Andrew was President of Cattle Council during a period of transition and throughout his tenure he made a number of difficult decisions with the best interests of the industry at the forefront of his mind.”   Howard operates a breeding, fattening and trading beef operation with his family in Rolleston, Central Queensland and is also the immediate past-Chair of the Agforce Cattle Board. Howard has been a driving force behind the development of the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System and is determined to find opportunities for producers to gain premiums and increase transparency.    “I am extremely proud to be elected into this position,” Mr Smith said.   “The beef industry is currently confronting significant challenges, including discussion around industry restructure, consumer interest in sustainability and animal welfare and the continued challenge of farm-gate prices.    “If we are going to provide the best possible representation for Australian beef producers, the industry representational structure must be solid.   “The areas that I see as being integral to my role at Cattle Council are ensuring that the industry structure is solid and supporting the beef language review,” Mr Smith said.   Tony Hegarty from Cassilis, NSW, was elected Vice President and Paul Saward, Redpa, Tasmania, was re-elected as Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee.    ENDS   Contact: Mary Johnson, m. 0417 249 506 e.