Grass fed beef producers from around the nation will sharpen their leadership skills thanks to a corporate government course sponsored by Cattle Council of Australia.

The five-day course, administered by the Australian Institute of Company Directors, is designed to focus on areas of business management and skills specific to cattle producers.

Cattle Council of Australia, in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia, is providing the opportunity for 15 grass fed beef producers to complete the course.

The NSW producers are Geoff Birchall, Tamworth, Derek Schoen, Corowa, Hamish Munro, Molong and Craig Croker, Golspie.

From Victoria is Mike Gadd, Walwa, while Brett Hall, is from Dynnyrne, Tasmania, Gillian Fennell, Marla, South Australia and Murray Hockey, Alice Springs, Northern Territory.

The Western Australian producers are David Stoate, Broome, Alexandra Rigall, Narrikup, and Hugh Barnett, Cloisters Square.

Those from Queensland are Alice Greenup, Kumbia, Andrew Gray, Texas, James Walker, Longreach, and Terry Cleary, Gayndah.

Cattle Council of Australia chief executive officer Jed Matz said the long-term productivity and profitability of the grass fed beef industry was reliant on strong leadership.

Mr Matz said the AIDC Directors course covered risk management, financial performance and business skills.

He said the course would foster good governance, opportunity and industry representation within the cattle industry.

Grass fed beef producer and Tasmanian Red Meat Industry Council chairman Brett Hall said boards were moving towards skills based appointments with the course becoming accepted best practice for directors.

Mr Hall said directors were held accountable for their actions and decisions.

“Ignorance is not viewed as a valid defence for non-compliance and auditing performance,’’ he said.

David Stoate manages the 300,000ha Anna Plains Station in Western Australia and is the Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association treasurer.

Mr Stoate said good governance was the backbone for the efficient functioning of organisations seeking to develop the grass fed industry.

“It is imperative we have solid leadership in the grass fed beef industry, with people who understand the intricacies of fiduciary duties, legalities, negotiation, decision making, risk analysis and strategic impetus involved with being on a board,’’ he said.

One of the youngest successful applicants is James Walker, a fifth generation beef producer from Longreach.

Mr Walker believes financial literacy and the uptake of digital technology and innovation will power better decision making and market interaction.

“I have wanted to attend this flagship course for a long time and know all the benefits and confidence it will bring for directorship and decision making roles,’’ he said.

NSW Farmers Association president Derek Schoen said governance was the vehicle holding organisations together.

“It is important all players within an organisation are aware of their roles and responsibilities, whether they legislated or moral,’’ Mr Schoen said.


For further details contact Jed Matz on or 0407 124 479.