Awards

Merial Howard Yelland Beef Industry Award

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) and Marcus Oldham College with the support of Merial Australia are pleased to present the Merial Howard Yelland Beef Industry Award. This award is in recognition of Howard W Yelland, a pioneer in the industry through his championing of objective selection and performance recording in the Australian Beef Industry. His championing of objective selection and his contribution to performance recording spans a lifetime. His family commenced objective selection in the early 1900’s, they began weighing cattle in 1910 and recording the results in 1960.

Howard Yelland built his herd selection program around measurement. The Glen Trevor herd was among the first beef herds in Australia to make selection and breeding decisions based on performance – well before the days of on farm electronic weighing scales, computerised ear tags and data terminal uploads. Howard Yelland would truck bulls to the local rail siding to use the railway weigh bridge to measure their growth rates. All records were calculated and recorded manually and decisions for mating groups made on this data, a far cry from the vast data base of information which now underpins the objective selection of beef cattle in this country and around the world.

The Merial Howard Yelland Beef Industry award seeks to recognise individuals who have given service to the Beef Industry “above and beyond” their normal role.

Selection criteria addressed in the nominations include:
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  • Extent of contribution to the Australian beef industry
  • Recognition of this contribution both nationally and internationally
  • Leadership role as a change agent
  • Contribution above and beyond normal role in the industry

The Howard Yelland Award Honour Roll

2016: Lynne Strong

In recognition of her contribution to the Australian beef Industry through her passionate advocacy of the role which agriculture and agricultural communities have in the Australian economy . Her role as a pioneer in the development and promotion of the Art4 Agriculture initiative and the Young Farming Champions program has seen young students in urban schools being provided with a “link to the land” and a focussed image of the role of Australian agriculture in sustainable food production.

Her commitment to providing a strong connection between the agricultural industries and food supply chains through both the Art4 Agriculture and the Young Farming Champions programs has ensured that Australian livestock producers are promoted as committed and responsible users of natural resources at the forefront of world’s best livestock practice and that young people can have the opportunity for a thriving career working in the agricultural sphere.

 
2014: Dr. Hans-Ulrich Graser and Christian Duff

The 2014 Award was jointly presented to:-

Dr Hans-Ulrich Graser in recognition of his contribution to the Australian beef Industry as a pioneer in the development, implementation and adoption of the national genetic evaluation scheme known as Breed Plan. His commitment to providing a strong connection between the animal breeders and geneticists both in Australia and internationally has ensured that the genetic evaluation systems for livestock production in this country have been at the forefront of world’s best practice.

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Christian Duff in recognition of his outstanding contribution to the Australian beef industry through the introduction of new genetic improvement technologies and his contribution to the continuing development and understanding of Breedplan in his role as leader of two Divisions of the Agricultural Business Research Institute; and the development of a quality assurance certificate for live cattle exported for breeding thus enhancing Australia’s reputation as an exporter of quality breeders.

 

2013: David Blackmore

The 2013 award was presented to David Blackmore, Blackmore Wagyu Beef, Alexandra Victoria in recognition of his contribution to the Australian beef Industry as a pioneer of the Wagyu breed in Australia and his promotion of Australian Wagyu branded product in both domestic and export markets . His commitment to sustainable farming involving financial viability, respect for the environment, strong ethical standards in animal welfare and a passion for creating the best in the world emphasises his role as an industry leader prepared to share his knowledge and experience for the benefit of the industry

 

2012: James Gough and Michael Pointer

The 2012 Award was jointly presented to:-

James Gough in recognition of his support for the development and promotion of Breedplan as a tool for genetic evaluation in the Global and Australian Beef Industry. His commitment to herd improvement was demonstrated during his association with the Australian Hereford Council where he widely supported genetic evaluation and research.

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Michael Pointer in recognition of his leadership and initiative in development and promotion of Australian branded beef products to a domestic and global food market through the establishment of the Certified Australian Angus Beef brand.

 

The Howard Yelland Award was previously presented to:

2008 Andrew & Mary Gubbins
2007 Dr John Thompson
2006 David Crombie
2005 David Pethick
2004 Greg Chappell
2003 Ian Watson
2002 Robin Hart
2001 John Webster
2000 Dr Bernie Bindon
1999 Rod Polkinghorne
1998 Alf Collins
1997 Bob Freer
1996 John Yelland
1995 Richard Makim
1994 David Wright
1993 Dick Whale
1992 Don Lawson
1991 Don Story
1990 Dr Keith Hammond
1989 Dr Mike Blockey
1988 Joe Horcicka and Ron McNeill
1987 Arthur Rickards, Jim Litchfield and Dr Michael Jones