2012 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion announced

The Cattle Council Rising Champion Initiative commenced in 2010 and aims to inspire, empower and support young people, who are passionate about the Australian beef industry and to provide them with an opportunity to be directly involved.

Alison McIntosh was the 2011 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion and is now a director of ABIF.

The 2012 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion was awarded to Ian McConnel from Queensland ahead of the other 2012 Rising Champion State Finalists:

South Australia – Jake Phillips
Victoria – Trent Anderson
New South Wales – Marc Greening
Tasmania – Lauchie Cole (also awarded the NAB Acknowledgement Award)
Western Australia – Clinton Gartrell

Click here to view the photos and bios of the finalists.

All six finalists travelled to Longreach, QLD, to participate in a week of activities from 14-18 November 2011. This included touring a beef property at Alpha with industry stakeholders; developing leadership and public speaking skills through tailored workshops; engaging in a round table discussion about youth in agriculture with the 2011 Rising Champion Finalists; attending the Cattle Council meeting and the MLA AGM and Producer Forum.

The state finalists were celebrated by industry at the ‘Beef Industry Gala Dinner’, at the Stockman’s Hall of Fame in Longreach.