Wodonga TAFE Ag Looking for Enrollments

Wodonga TAFE Ag will be hosting the “BEEF” section at the Food & Fibre Day to be held at Dookie, May 19 & 20. The day showcases many various aspects of agriculture and horticulture to students in years 10, 11 & 12, and hopefully help give them further information on career choices and pathways for their futures. As they commence training at the Dookie Campus in July, they will be looking to recruit students from surrounding schools within approximately 1 hour of Dookie to fill our classes. Wodonga TAFE Ag will also be taking on new students in all areas for 2nd semester enrollments and to let them know this is an option for their future schooling if they would like to begin next year. For more information:
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APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ANZ and ABIF RURAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP

APPLICATIONS SOUGHT FOR ANZ and ABIF RURAL LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP
NZ KELLOGG RURAL LEADERS PROGRAMME 2016 AT LINCOLN UNIVERSITYANZ

The Kellogg Rural Leaders programme aims to help those with a rural background realise their potential to be tomorrow’s leaders. There are two programmes in 2016 with the scholarship offered for the programme running from 14th June to 17th November. There are 4 phases to the programme: 3 residential phases totalling 17 days of program content at Lincoln University and Wellington, and a project on a topic of your own choice, between Phases 1 and 4.

If you are a future rural leader in the Australian Beef Industry whether on farm or further down the supply chain in processing, retail or any other part of the beef industry, the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) would like to support you to learn the necessary skills and develop a network to realise your ambitions. You will need to hold an Australian passport.

This programme will secure your place in the future of Australian agribusiness, develop your communication skills and increase your confidence in your negotiation and decision-making ability, develop an understanding of the issues common to all sectors of the rural industry and learn how to investigate and report on an issue.

For more details on the programme we refer you to http://www.kellogg.org.nz. With the support of ANZ and Lincoln University, we are seeking applications with referees to be provided to info@abif.com.au by Friday 27th May 2016.

The application and referee forms can be found on the above website and should be submitted in the first place to the ABIF email address or mailed to: ABIF Limited, PO Box 2506, KEW, VIC 3101. If you would like to ask questions about the scholarship or the programme, John Gunthorpe, Chairman of ABIF, can be contacted on 0400 403 456.
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2016 MERIAL Howard W Yelland Beef Industry Award Nominations Open

Marcus Oldham College and the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are inviting nominations for the 2016 Merial Howard W Yelland Beef Industry Award.

The Award honours the contribution of Howard Yelland, who championed objective measurement and performance recording for improved selection in the Australian Beef Industry.

This 2016 Award seeks to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry ‘above and beyond’ their normal role. Nominations are open to suitably qualified producers and non-producers, from any sector of the beef industry. Previous nominees need not re-apply.

An industry selection panel will review the nominations and the Award will be presented at a formal industry dinner during the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program on THURSDAY 30 June 2016.

For more information: HYA – Nomination Form 2016
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2016 Scholarship Application Open to Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Programme

Are you tomorrow’s leader in the Australian Beef Industry? Do you know someone who will be a leader tomorrow in the Australian Beef Industry? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then Fairfax Agricultural Media (Fairfax) together with the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are offering the opportunity for two people involved in the beef supply chain, aged between 21 and 40 to attend a one-week Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership program at the Marcus Oldham College in Geelong, Victoria at the end of June. For more information click here
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2015 Merial Howard W Yelland Beef Industry Award Nominations Now Open

Marcus Oldham College and the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are inviting nominations for the 2015 Merial Howard W Yelland Beef Industry Award.

The Award honours the contribution of Howard Yelland, who championed objective measurement and performance recording for improved selection in the Australian Beef Industry.

This 2015 Award seeks to recognise an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to the industry ‘above and beyond’ their normal role. Nominations are open to suitably qualified producers and non-producers, from any sector of the beef industry.

Previous nominees need not re-apply.

An industry selection panel will review the nominations and the Award will be presented at a formal dinner during the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program on Tuesday 30 June 2015.

Applications close Friday 5 June 2015.

Follow the link below for more information or to nominate someone today:
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2015 Elyne Mitchell Writing Awards Now Open

Friends of Corryong Library are pleased to announce that the 2015 Award Categories are now open.

An invitation to women and men who appreciate the country and country life.

Elyne was born in Melbourne, married Tom Mitchell in 1935 and then lived on the family property at Towong Hill, near Corryong.

Best remembered for the Silver Brumby series of children’s books, Elyne also wrote many nonfiction books and other novels.

She received a number of awards including: an Honorary Doctorate of Letters from Charles Sturt University (1993); Order of Australia Medal for services to literature (1990); and various Children’s Book Council awards (1959-1968).

The Elyne Mitchell Writing Award commemorates Elyne’s life and work, and has been established to encourage all writers to focus their stories on the Australian rural landscape.

ABIF encourages all budding story tellers to enter this competition and support a great rural initiative.

For more information go to http://www.elynemitchell.com.au/

Applications sought for ANZ and ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship NZ Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme 2015 at Lincoln University

The Kellogg Rural Leaders programme aims to help those with a rural background realise their potential to be tomorrow’s leaders. There are two programmes in 2015 with the scholarship offered for the programme running from 27 January to 3rd July. There are 4 phases to the programme: 3 residential phases totalling 3 weeks full time at Lincoln University and Wellington, and a project on a topic of your own choice, between Phases 1 and 4.

If you are a future rural leader in the Australian Beef Industry whether on farm or further down the supply chain in processing, retail or any other part of the beef industry, the Australia & New Zealand Banking Group (ANZ) and the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) would like to support you to learn the necessary skills and develop a network to realise your ambitions. You will need to hold an Australian passport.

This programme will secure your place in the future of Australian agribusiness, develop your communication skills and increase your confidence in your negotiation and decision-making ability, develop an understanding of the issues common to all sectors of the rural industry and learn how to investigate and report on an issue.

For more details on the programme we refer you to www.lincoln.ac.nz/krlp. With the support of ANZ and Lincoln University, we are seeking applications with referees to be provided to info@abif.com.au by Friday 17th October 2014. The application and referee forms can be found on the Lincoln University website above and should be submitted in the first place to the ABIF email address or mailed to:

ABIF Limited
PO Box 1368
WARRAGUL VIC 3820

If you would like to ask questions about the scholarship or the programme, John Gunthorpe, Chairman of ABIF, can be contacted on 0400 403 456.

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Applicants sought for the annual Simon Gubbins Scholarship

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) is once again seeking applicants for the Simon Gubbins Scholarship.

Now into its third year, the Simon Gubbins Scholarship provides annually an Australian student with the opportunity to study a Degree or Diploma of Agriculture course at the prestigious Lincoln University in New Zealand. The Scholarship is also open to a student looking to undertake post graduate study.

The Gubbins family, Old Murroa Partnership, Hamilton, Victoria are once again proud to be sponsoring the scholarship. Named after the late Simon Gubbins, Jenny and John Gubbins said, “We feel this is something Simon would be very happy with”.

Simon Gubbins studied agriculture at Lincoln College (now Lincoln University) in New Zealand, was awarded a Nuffield Scholarship in 1997 and went on to serve on the selection panel for that scholarship. In addition he was a District Councillor of the Victorian Farmers Federation, President of the Grasslands Society of Victoria, President of the Hamilton Branch of the Beef Improvement Association, a director of the Australian Beef Association, Chairman of Rural Industries Skills Training and a member of the Melbourne University Faculty of Agriculture advisory.

The aim of the scholarship is to further develop the skills and leadership qualities of a young Australian agriculturist. Simon Gubbins was an outstanding leader in his field therefore it is fitting that the scholarship is awarded to an individual with similar values and ambitions to those of Simon.

The Simon Gubbins Scholarship will be awarded by a selection panel to be chaired by a representative of the Gubbins family and applications for the 2015 Simon Gubbins Scholar are now open.

This scholarship represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for a young Australian agriculturist. Lincoln University is widely recognised a one of the world’s leading agricultural educational institutions. Lincoln University is situated in the middle of the Canterbury Plains, a rich agricultural production area and home to many of New Zealand’s most innovative producers. “The successful applicant will not only receive a tertiary education but will be engaged in a life changing experience”, Frank Archer concluded.

The 2014 scholarship was awarded to Alice Lodge, the current Youth Co-Ordinator with Angus Australia.

Contact: Frank Archer
Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation
Email: frank@landfall.com.au
Mobile: 0417 506 163

30/07/2014

Prestigious Merial Howard W Yelland Award to Dr Hans-Ulrich Graser and Christian Duff

The 2014 Merial Howard W Yelland Award for service to the Australian beef industry was presented to two outstanding contributors to the improvement of Australia’s beef industry, Dr Hans-Ulrich Graser and Christian Duff.

The award is presented by the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) in conjunction with Marcus Oldham College, Geelong and is supported by Merial Australia.

The award was 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 Breedplan.

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.

Based at the Animal Genetics and Breeding unit in Armidale, Hans Graser has provided leadership and vision for over 20 years for the research team in the development and promotion of the national genetic evaluation system for the Australian beef industry

In presenting the second award Sam Inglis, Director of Corporate Training Marcus Oldham College and Chair of the Selection panel said “Christian Duff receives our award tonight 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 extension of Breedplan in his role as National Manager of Beef Breeding extension in Australia. His particular focus has been the introduction of these new technologies to the beef industry in Northern Australia – a challenge in itself given the extensive and diverse nature of the northern industry. In addition to his role as National Manager of beef breeding extension – Christian Duff has been at the forefront of the development and adoption of a quality assurance scheme for the certification of live cattle exported for breeding. This “export for breeding’” industry has a landed value in excess of $100 million per year thus enhancing Australia’s reputation as an exporter of quality breeders.”

Mr Inglis said “With continued support by Merial our award is made annually 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 which spanned a lifetime”.

The Merial Howard Yelland Beef Industry award seeks to recognise individuals who have demonstrated leadership and given service to the Beef Industry “above and beyond” their normal role. Selection criteria for the award includes: Recognition of extent of their contribution to the Australian beef industry; Recognition of their contribution both nationally and internationally; Leadership role as a change agent; and Contribution above their normal role in the industry.

Sam Inglis, Christian Duff, Ivan Pyke, Sales Manager, Merial Australia and John Gunthorpe, Chairman, ABIF

Pictured: Sam Inglis, Marcus Oldham College; Christian Duff; Ivan Pyke, Sales Manager, Merial Australia; and John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF.

Contact: John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF
E: jgunthorpe@bigpond.com T: 0400 403 456

Jason Strong awarded ABIF Life Membership

The Board of the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) have conferred Life Membership on Jason Strong, CEO of AACo, in recognition of his many years as ABIF Chairman.

In making the presentation at a dinner at Marcus Oldham College on 01st July the current ABIF Chairman John Gunthorpe said “ABIF is in debt to the years of effort Jason gave to our Foundation in providing scholarships and other activities to inspire careers in the beef industry.”

“Our board in awarding this Life membership to Jason recognised the difficult circumstances voluntary board members face when giving of their time to a charity such as ABIF and the zeal and commitment Jason demonstrated in leading our company. “

“Jason has now taken on a role to lead Australia’s largest beef company. Our board wishes Jason every success and are confident that he will perform this role with the same zeal and commitment displayed in his time with us” Mr Gunthorpe said.

The ceremony to award Jason Strong with Life Membership was conducted as part of the Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.

In accepting the award Mr Strong said “There is no service more rewarding than providing young members of our industry with the ability to expand their knowledge and networks in the formative period of their development. My career was changed when I won a scholarship to the United States and spent some time with a meat scientist understanding the US grading system.”

“This motivated me to return to Australia and devote the next few years of my career to developing a meat grading system reflecting eating quality for our consumer. This resulted in my becoming part of the team that formulated Meat Standards Australia. I encourage all here to find their special area of interest within our industry and follow your passion.”

Mr Strong was the honorary guest speaker at the event attended by ABIF board members and scholars of the leadership program, including seven scholars sponsored by ABIF. In his presentation Mr Strong discussed the qualities needed to lead Australia’s largest beef producer, AACo.

Jason Strong, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Agricultural Company with John Gunthorpe, Chairman, ABIF

Pictured: Jason Strong, Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director, Australian Agricultural Company with John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF

Contact: John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF
E: jgunthorpe@bigpond.com
T: 0400 403 456