ABIF Awards Seven Scholarships to attend Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program

The Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) are pleased to have supported seven scholars again this year to attend the 2014 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program.

“Sponsorship of our programs by Fairfax Agricultural Media, HV McKay Charitable Trust and Centralian Beef Breeders Association have made it possible to provide the 2014 Scholarships” ABIF Chairman John Gunthorpe said when reflecting on the scholarships today.

The ABIF scholars attending Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program this year were:-

HV McKay Charitable Trust Scholars: Kylie Stretton, Charters Towers, QLD; and Aleisha Finger, Dysart, QLD

Centralian Beef Breeders Association Scholars: Hamish Lee-Warner, Minderoo Station, WA

Fairfax Agricultural Media Scholars: Richard Sutton, King Island, TAS; Jim Guilfoyle, Kyneton, VIC; Meg Bell, Millicent, SA; and Rich Trigg, Adelong, NSW

“These seven scholars joined an impressive alumni of young people who attended the Marcus Oldham Leadership Program and are now making an important contribution to Australia’s agriculture” Mr Gunthorpe said.

The 2014 Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program ran 30th June to 04th July and is an intensive five-day workshop conducted on the college campus at Geelong. The prestigious leadership program assists young people by enhancing their personal development and leadership abilities to equip them in taking leadership roles in the agricultural sector. For young people involved in agriculture the course also provides excellent opportunities to network with other future leaders.

Fairfax Agricultural Media ABIF Scholarship recipient Jim Guilfoyle, Livestock Procurement Manager for Coles Supermarkets said “I was very impressed with the quality of the program particularly the calibre of the guest speakers and the diversity of the participants. The week was interactive, challenging and directly applicable to the modern agricultural industry”.

“The Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program provided an excellent networking opportunity. Participants gathered from across the country and all sectors of the agricultural industry including truffle farming, cotton, agribusiness and beef, and all up and coming leaders of their sector. I would highly recommend this program to anyone wanting to improve their leadership skills and thank Fairfax Agricultural Media and ABIF for the opportunity to attend” Mr Guilfoyle said.

ABIF Sponsored and delegates

Pictured: ABIF delegates with scholarship recipients

Meg Bell, Millicent SA; Lyn Davies, Director ABIF Education Fund; Jim Guilfoyle, Coles Supermarkets Victoria; Kylie Stretton, Charters Towers Queensland; Michael Pointer, past Director ABIF; Richard Sutton, King Island Tasmania; Aleisha Finger, Dysart Queensland; Jason Strong, CEO AACo; John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF; Brian Mobbs, Life Member ABIF; Rich Trigg, Adelong, NSW; Sam Inglis, Director of Corporate Training Marcus Oldham College ; Simon Falkiner, Director ABIF Education Fund; Ivan Pyke, Sales Manager Merial Australia; Hamish Lee-Warner, Minderoo, WA.

Contact: John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF

E: jgunthorpe@bigpond.com

T: 0400 403 456

Foundation seeking levy funds to urge students into beef careers by James Nason

Senators at a public hearing in Albury this week were urged to support a recommendation calling for one percent of annual Grassfed cattle levy revenue to be diverted into a foundation to encourage more young students to pursue a career in the beef industry.

http://www.beefcentral.com/news/foundation-seeking-levy-funds-to-urge-students-into-beef-careers/

Scholarship Application Open to Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Programme June 2014

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 the Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) together with Fairfax Rural Media (Fairfax) 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 next month.

Who is eligible?
• Applicants must be between the ages of 21-40 years in the year the scholarship is awarded.
• Applicants must be an Australian citizen.
• Preference will be given to those in or going into commercial cattle production

Conditions of applications
• Applicants must be available to attend the course 29th June to 4th July this year.
• An applicant who has previously attended the Marcus Oldham Leadership Course in this or any other capacity is ineligible for this scholarship.

Administration of scholarship
• ABIF and Fairfax will be offering financial support and Marcus Oldham College providing the course.
• ABIF and Fairfax will form a panel of independent local people to assess the applications.
• The panel members must not be related by family or employment to the applicants.

Selection process
• All applications will be strictly confidential.
• Assessment of all criteria will provide information toward selection.
• If in the opinion of the selection panel no suitable application is received, the scholarship will not be awarded.
• The decision of the panel will be final and a majority ruling applies.

Selection criteria– please limit responses to approx. 150 words
1. History of education and/or employment.
2. Explain how this course would be useful in your current and/or future work plans
3. How can you see yourself using the skills learnt in this course to benefit the beef industry, and/or its people and
/or your community?
4. Any other information about yourself you think we should know about to help your application.

Additional information:
• Name:
• Date of birth:
• Copy of proof of Australian residency: (birth certificate, passport etc..)
• Phone number:
• Email address:
• Current postal and living address:
• Current employer’s name and work address:

Details of the program are available at www.marcusoldham.vic.edu.au/morlp.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity please call John Gunthorpe, Chairman of ABIF on 0400 403 456.

Closing date: COB Thursday 19th June 2014
Email: info@abif.com.au

All applicants will be advised of the outcome so that arrangements can be made.

Simon Gubbins Scholarship awarded to a bright young star of the Beef Industry.

The Simon Gubbins Scholarship for 2014 has been awarded to Alice Lodge from Gerogery West in New South Wales. Alice is a fourth year student at University of New England, studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Science majoring in plant production. In addition to this Alice is involved in a number of agricultural groups with a focus on youth activities. Namely, Alice is the vice chairperson for the Angus Youth Roundup 2015.

Alice is thrilled to be given the opportunity to travel to Lincoln University to study, with her grandfather being an ex Lincoln student and also having roots in New Zealand.
“I am so excited to be awarded the Simon Gubbins scholarship and would like to thank the Gubbins family for their investment in my future”, Alice said.

Sponsored by the Old Murroa Partnership, 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’s sister Georgina was a member of this year’s interview panel and said, “The standard of applicants was high but Alice stood out as the applicant with a rich passion for the industry and engaging youth. We feel that Alice will gain a wealth of experience in New Zealand and importantly will in future be a leader in Australian Agriculture”.

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.

“Simon was a very strong supporter of ABIF and its aims of inspiring beef industry careers, and was one of the first seedstock breeders in Australia to donate the proceeds from the sale of a bull at his annual sale to ABIF” Frank Archer, ABIF director said.

This scholarship represents a once in a lifetime opportunity for Alice. Lincoln University is widely recognised as 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 and the world’s most innovative producers. “Alice will not only receive a tertiary education but will be engaged in a life changing experience”, Frank Archer concluded.

Contact: Frank Archer Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation

Email: frank@landfall.com.au

Mobile: 0417 506 163

Contact: Alice Lodge Scholarship Recipient

Email: alodge2@myune.edu.au

Mobile: 0400 536 055

Contact: Georgina Gubbins Representative- Gubbins Family

Email: gubbins.g@bigpond.com

Mobile: 0417 311 561

19/05/2014

Media Release- Simon Gubbins Scholarship

Media Release

Applicants sought for the annual Simon Gubbins Scholarship

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

Sponsored by the Old Murroa Partnership, 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”.

“It is entirely appropriate that this scholarship, aimed at producing industry leaders, should be named after such an outstanding agricultural leader as Simon Gubbins” Frank Archer, Director of ABIF said. “Simon, who died in 2003, became a preeminent industry leader and was an exceptional custodian of the land where he developed his property Old Murroa in Western Victoria into a model agricultural enterprise.”

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.

“Simon was a very strong supporter of ABIF and its aims of inspiring beef industry careers, and was one of the first seedstock breeders in Australia to donate the proceeds from the sale of a bull at his annual sale to ABIF” Mr Archer said.

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 2014 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.

Simon Gubbins Scholarship Regulations and Application Form

Contact: Frank Archer

Director- Australian Beef Industry Foundation

Email: frank@landfall.com.au

Mobile: 0417 506 163

2/12/2013         

ABIF ANZ Rural Leadership Scholarship

ABIF ANZ Rural Leaders

Media Release- ABIF ANZ Rural Leaders Scholarship

 Media Release

Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) seeking applicants for the ANZ and ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship

ABIF is calling for applications from those interested in pursuing leadership positions in the beef industry to apply for the ANZ/ ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship to attend the 2014 Kellogg Rural Leaders Program at Lincoln University, Christchurch, New Zealand.

Lincoln University Agriculture faculty is world renowned for the scope of its activities. Many Australians now in industry leadership positions achieved their tertiary training at Lincoln, including those who have attended the Leaders Program.

ABIF is very fortunate to have partnered with the ANZ Bank to make this Trans Tasman scholarship available to young Australians who are keen to enhance their leadership qualifications and bring this training to bear in productive careers in Australian Agriculture, particularly in the Australian beef industry.

Full details of the scholarship are available in the accompanying advertisement and on the ABIF website at

www.abif.com.au

ABIF Chairman John Gunthorpe said “There are many members of the Lincoln Alumni now in leadership positions in agriculture and agribusiness in Australia, and this scholarship represents an outstanding opportunity for someone to join this cohort of contributors to a major component of the Australian national economy”.

The recipient of this scholarship will be the second Australian to attend the prestigious Kellogg Rural Leaders Program at Lincoln University. Mary Johnson is the 2013 Kellogg Rural Leader Scholar and returns to Lincoln University later this year to complete the programme.

Applications for this scholarship close on Friday 11th October. Further information is available from info@abif.com.au

Contact: John Gunthorpe, Chairman ABIF Scholarship Committee

E: jgunthorpe@bigpond.com T: 0400 403 456

 

13th September 2013

Murdoch students put theory to practice

Murdoch students put theory to practice
Farm Weekly,                                              Perth 05 Sep 2013
    LAST week 21 of the brightest third year Animal Science students from Murdoch University learnt how to put theory into practice.
The students participated in a five-day tour of agricultural enterprises in the Great Southern.
During the week the students visited a mixture of beef cattle, prime lamb, wool, pig, chicken and dairy production enterprises between Narrogin and Denmark.
In doing so, they had the opportunity to learn from some of the State’s most progressive producers.
The industry tour was essential for the students as they experienced the latest ideas and technology as it applies in a commercial setting according to Associate Professor of Animal Production Science Dr Andrew Thompson.
The industry tour was supported by Australian Wool Innovation (AWI) and the Murdoch University Veterinary Trust.
All 21 students also received a scholarship from Australian Beef Industry Foundation (ABIF) to assist them in making this tour a reality.
“Our agricultural sector and “Our agricultural sector and Murdoch University is extremely fortunate to have these organisations with a vision for the future and an understanding of the importance of the next generation of animal science graduates,” Dr Thompson.
He said keeping students at the forefront of new developments in agriculture and assisting producers to maintain a sustainable level of profit was paramount.
Some very strong messages rang out time after time to the rang out time after time to the students.
One of those, supported by Koojan Hills Angus stud principal Lew Smit, Kojonup, was the need for an efficient animal with rapid early life growth and a moderate mature weight, as the cost of supplementary feeding is significant every summer and made worse by large inefficient cattle.
Mr Smit urged the students to take a scientific approach to producing beef and utilise the power of Estimated Breeding power of Estimated Breeding Values to assist the selection of genetically superior cattle.
This message was again reiterated by Bill and Geoff Sandilands, Billandri Poll Merino stud, Kendenup, who told students to use Merino Select Australian Sheep Breeding Values (ASBVs) to advance the genetic and phenotypic improvement of target traits.
Mr Sandilands also said that ASBVs were fantastic for identifying animals which are
curve benders’ and uncouple normally negative correlations between traits like fleece weight and fibre diameter.
More great lessons were learnt at Glenridge Park with David, Lyn and Andrew Slade.
The students witnessed a mixed beef, sheep and cropping enterprise which is managed with precision and science from the soils through to the pastures and genetics.
Advances in efficiency and profitability through Farms, Chuckem Merinos, the WAMMCO processing plant, the new Katanning sheep sale complex, Moojepin Multipurpose Merinos, Mt Barker Free Range Chicken, Plantagenet Free Range Pork, M & C Jenkins Dairy, Summit Gelbviehs, Glenridge Park Cheviots, Border Leicesters, Greelines and Sussex, Billandri Poll Merinos, Koojan Hills Angus and Genstock Breeding Services.
innovations which reduce labour inputs and allow the mating of ewe lambs was experienced.
Third year student Laura Grubb said the industry tour was a fantastic opportunity.
“It was a much needed addition to our degree giving us a broader, more practical understanding of all production systems plus it gave us valuable contacts within the industry,” she said.
During the week the students visited Hillcroft

ANZ/ ABIF Rural Leadership Program open for applications

We are pleased to advise that the Lincoln University Kellogg Rural Leaders Programme 2014 is now open to applications for the ANZ and ABIF Rural Leadership Scholarship Program.

Further information and application forms are available at www.lincoln.ac.nz/krlp

 

2013 ABIF Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program Scholars

The Class of 2013

MORLP 2013

(l to r) Bronte James (Katherine, NT), Ashley Kirk (Rockley Brahman Stud, Rockhampton) James Beale (Newcastle Waters Station, NT), Kirsty-Lee Fogarty (Palmer Valley Station, NT) Steven Pocock (Goonoo Feedlot, Queensland), Jess Rogers (Queensland), Steven Batterham (Hagley, Tasmania)

HV McKay Trust Scholars – James Beale, Newcastle Waters Station, Northern Territory – Ashley Kirk, Rockley Brahman Stud, Rockhampton, Queensland

Fairfax Agricultural Media Scholars – Steven Pocock, Goonoo Feedlot, Comet, Queensland – Steven Batterham, Hagley, Tasmania

Territory Rural/ Centralian Beef Breeders Association Scholar – Kirsty-Lee Fogarty, Palmer Valley Station, NT

Future Farmers Network Scholars – Bronte James, Katherine, NT – Jess Rogers, Queensland