The Angus Bulletin is a quarterly publication with a print run of 4,500. The Bulletin is mailed out to Angus Australia’s members and used widely as a promotional tool for the Angus breed.
Each issue contains industry news and interviews, latest breed development initiatives, stories on genetic improvement, Angus Youth activities, Angus Sire Benchmarking updates and success in the use of Angus genetics around Australia.
Welcome back to Behind the Beef and Happy 2024! Although it feels we are well and truly back in the swing of things for the year, we are finally back with our first episode of 2024 and for it we were joined by Victorian producer, Brad Gilmour.
Brad hails from South West Victoria, where he and his family run a commercial Angus operation alongside a sheep operation. Brad is a past president of Angus Australia, serving as president from 2018 – 2020. He concluded his tenure on the Angus Australia board in 2023 and is a member of the Angus Victoria Breeders Group.
With a decades long history within the cattle industry, Brad has joined us to share about his Angus story, sharing with us about his operations and breeding philsophies and the reasons why he breeds Angus cattle.
Welcome to end of year episode of Behind the Beef – where we look back in retrospect to the year that was and look forward to years to come for Angus Australia and producers around Australia.
In this special end of year episode, we were joined by Angus Australia board chairperson and president Erica Halliday and Chief Executive Officer Scott Wright.
Scott and Erica had their share on rounding up a massive year for Angus Australia, covering a range of topics relating to the year that was for the society and the beef industry, as well as looking for the what’s in store in 2024.
Behind the Beef is back and kicking off with a bang! In this episode of Behind the Beef we were joined by Angus Australia member Rebecca George.
Rebecca and her family are commercial Angus producers from Nevertire in New South Wales.
Rebecca is an active member of the Angus Youth program, and over 20 years has taken part in various activities and events hosted by Angus Youth including the Angus Youth National Roundup and the GenAngus Future Leaders Program. She is a previous recipient of various scholarships through the Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries Program, including the ARCBA Young Breed Leaders Workshop scholarship and the Smartbeef Conference scholarship. Rebecca had also been a member of the Roundup Organising Committee and the Angus Youth Consultative Committee.
Most recently however, Rebecca was the recipient of the 2019 Kansas State University Scholarship. After a long travel delay due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, Bec was finally able to take up her scholarship opportunity this year and has recently returned from her time abroad.
Bec has joined us to tell Behind the Beef to her story in agriculture and the Angus breed, as well as to give us some insight into her time over in the US.
This episode of Behind the Beef we were joined by Jono Spence, Director of livestock agency Spence Dix and Co, SA.
Jono is a well-regarded cattleman in the beef business. Jono has a background working in many facets of both stud and commercial sectors of the beef industry.
Coordinating the cattle side of the Spence Dix & Co business, Jonathan is also a recognized and experienced auctioneer.
Jono has joined me to talk market movements. Coming from the year that was 2022 in all its highs, we were interested in the opinion of someone with boots on the ground regarding what he had observed of the market in his region, as well as around the country, what trends have been noted, the final markets for seedstock and commercial animals being sold out of South Australia and the all-important crystal ball predictions.
In this episode of Behind the Beef we will be joined by Milly Nolan and Cam Parker, who through their roles in the industry are working to make change in terms of bettering and sustaining the industry in different ways.
25 January 2023
Behind the Beef is back for the first episode of 2023, and in this we had the pleasure of speaking to some young people who are doing big things in the beef industry.
We spoke to three young beef business owners – Dayna Grey, Jack Laurie and Ben Lucas – who each own and are growing a business that services the industry.
Dayna, Jack and Ben each give a little insight into their lives and businesses, and how they are making steps to grow themselves in business through taking developmental opportunities.
21 December 2022
If you can believe it, this is the final episode of Behind the Beef for 2022 and we are doing our yearly recap for Angus Australia to look back at the year that was and reflect on the achievements of Angus producers around Australia.
To do this, we will be chatting to the managers of the various units that make up Angus Australia, who will give some insight into the happenings that have affected their departments and in turn Angus producers over the last 12 months.
7 December 2022
In the latest episode of Behind the Beef we gained the perceptive of two people positioned at two very different parts of the supply chain when we were joined by the excellent Libbi Thompson from Whyalla Beef and celebrity chef Fast Ed!
Both of our guests are involved heavily in the beef supply chain and with Angus beef in their roles, however, are ultimately at two different ends of the supply chain – with Libbi working towards the top end of the chain, and Fast Ed further down in his role preparing the product and feeding the ultimate end – our consumers.
Libbi and Fast Ed shared with us the story about how they got to be where they are in the industry today and some background in the role that they play within the beef supply chain.
26 October 2022
In this episode of Behind the Beef we have been joined by Angus Australia Commercial Supply Chain Manager Liz Pearson, who has not long returned from a study tour which saw her take in the commercial production systems of the United States of America and Canada.
Liz has joined us to give a short overview of her tour and some of the standouts for her during her time investigating the productions systems on the other side of the world.
28 September 2022
In the latest episode of Behind the Beef, we had pleasure of sitting down with AuctionsPlus CEO Angus Street. Angus joined us to give his interesting insight about his role at AuctionsPlus, how he came to be where he is today in his career and also provided some advice for those making their mark in the agricultural industry.
31 August 2022
The agricultural industry accounts for 55% of Australian land use, 12% of goods and services exports in 2020–21; 1.9% of value added gross domestic product and 2.5% of employment in 2020–21 (Australian Bureau of Statistics, 2022). So suffice to say, as we all know, this industry is an important one.
27 July 2022
As winter draws to a close and we head into the warmer months, this often means one thing for producers – the Spring joining period.
It is estimated that at 60% of breeding activities occur during the Spring season, whether it be natural mating, AI or embryo transfer.
In preparation for that Spring period, this episode of Behind the Beef looks into the use of Artificial Insemination in a breeding program and to help with that we were joined by Vetoquinol Australia Territory Manager Food Production Animals Products, NSW & QLD Julie Pocock.
29 June 2022
In the latest episode of Behind the Beef we will be delving into one of the tools available to Angus producers around Australia.
Commercial Angus breeders wishing to utilise genomics to help inform the selection of Angus replacement females can now access Generation 2 of Angus HeiferSELECT.
The development of the new generation of Angus HeiferSELECT is the result of eighteen months’ work with Angus Australia and collaborating partner, CSIRO, Australia’s national science agency.
This episode will be joined by Angus Australia General Manager – Genetic Improvement Christian Duff and commercial Angus Producer Fraser James who will break down Angus HeiferSELECT and its use in commercial breeding operations.
25 May 2022
Everybody talks about how as Angus Breeders, having a brand and marketing it are vital to create more awareness for your enterprise, and at Angus Australia we understand it can seem complex or overwhelming, both to the seasoned cattle producer and those that are new to the game.
This episode of Behind the Beef is roundtable discussion with the Angus Australia Marketing and Communications team and is designed to help bring marketing into focus, and give you tips on how to boost your overall brand presence, aiming to show why Angus breeders should market their brand, help create more awareness for their business and help them market the #AngusPremium.
27 April 2022
The latest episode is another guide in relation to sale catalogues, and we will be joined by friend to the podcast Sam Hamilton, Angus Australia’s Marketing Officer- Sale Catalogues, as well as newbie to the podcast, but someone members would be familiar with, Senior Member Services Officer Tammy McLeod.
This episode will be the last focusing on sale catalogue and rounds out our guides to your sale day from the perspective of a producer who is hosting the sale. It highlights the importance of the DNA services of Angus Australia, and how your prep for your sale can go wrong if you are not prepared, as well as the recommended timeline you should be working to ensure you are ready to go on sale day.
This episode is great for the Angus seedstock producer, particularly those who are undertaking this period for their first sale, but also for those who need a refresher on how the most effective way of approaching DNA and sale catalogues in the lead up to their sales.
30 March 2022
Having recently started his role as Angus Australia Chief Executive Officer at the beginning of March, in the latest episode of Behind the Beef, we are joined by Scott Wright.
Scott has joined the podcast to introduce himself to our listeners, give insight into his background and a look to the future as he proceeds in his tenure at the helm of Angus Australia.
23 February 2022
Dr Peter Parnell began his role as Chief Executive Officer at Angus Australia in May 2009 following an extensive career as a Research Scientist and Research Leader with the NSW Department of Primary Industries. In 2021 Dr Parnell quietly announced that he would be retiring from his position of CEO, concluding a near 40-year career serving the Australian cattle breeding industry, with particular interest in the application of genetic improvement technologies in both the registered cattle sector and wider beef industry.
On the eve of retirement, Peter has joined Behind the Beef for a chat where we cover his long career.
25 January 2021
Behind the Beef is back in 2022 and the first episode of the year breaks down EBVs and how to interpret genetic evaluation information as it is listed in an Angus sale catalogue.
This episode is great for those who are just getting their feet wet when it comes to EBVs and breeding and genetics decision making, and would like a further break down regarding EBVs, the science behind them, and what they actually mean when you are looking at a sale catalogue on sale day.
We will be joined by Angus Australia Breed Development Officer Jake Phillips, who will give us a breakdown of what you need to know regarding EBVs and sale catalogues this sale season.
22 December 2021
If you can believe it, we have come to the end of 2021 and we couldn’t see out the end of the year without a look back at the year that was. As we call full time on 2021, the last Behind the Beef episode of year will be joined by the Angus Australia President Sam White, Vice President Erica Halliday, CEO Peter Parnell and the managers across Angus Australia who will give a recap of 2021 for the society, Angus producers and Angus cattle.
1 December 2021
The latest episode of the Behind the Beef is out now and this one showcases the Angus Verified program and its successes in the months after the launch of the program.
Joined by special guests Liz Pearson, Jamie Grosser and Barry Shearman, this episode covers off what producers want to know about the program and some firsthand experiences from producers who are part of the program.
27 October 2021
Episode 14 of Behind the Beef is out now and this one features Angus Australia staff member Sam Hamilton who joins to give a step by step guide to the Angus Australia sale catalogue services and how Angus Australia can assist you in putting together your sale catalogue for your next sale.
We recommend all members to have a listen, even if it’s just for a refresher, to make sure you are as prepped as you can be in the lead up to and during your catalogue production.
29 September 2021
If you can believe it quarter three of 2021 is done and dusted! In the latest episode of Behind the Beef we take a deep dive into the top stories out of Angus Australia from the quarter.
25 August 2021
A few months ago, we released our “A Week at Beef Australia” Behind the Beef episode detailing the week that was at the excellent Beef Australia 2021. In that episode we gave a recap of the Angus Australia seminar hosted at Beef Australia, “The Angus Influence – From Performance to Profit”.
As promised in that episode, episode 12 of Behind the Beef brings listeners the seminar itself, which is MC’ed by President and Board Chair Sam White and features a question-and-answer session hosted by Angus Australia Northern Development Officer Jen Peart, with producers Sam Crowther, Ben McGlynn and Robert Mackenzie.
This session in the seminar focuses on producer profitability, the opportunities for Angus use in the north and south and features the experience of producers implementing Angus genetics in their operations.
28 July 2021
After a tricky year in 2020 which saw the cancellation and postponement of most Youth related activities, the Angus Youth Program is back in 2021 with a number of exciting scholarships opportunities up for grabs and events coming up!
This episode of Behind the Beef gives a look back into the history of the program and its humble beginnings, and lays out what is to come in the next few months.
30 June 2021
Episode 10 of the Behind the Beef is here to cap off what’s been happening at Angus Australia during quarter two of 2021!
9 June 2021
The Angus Australia team was fortunate to head to Rockhampton, Queensland to attend Beef Australia 2021. With the event showcasing everything beef, the week celebrating the excellent industry we are all part of. Episode 9 of Behind the Beef takes us back to the week that was and what Angus Australia got up to during their time at the largest Beef Australia ever, featuring snippets and highlights from the event and special guest interviews.
21 April 2021
An important area of development in Angus Australia is the Northern Development Program. The latest episode of the Behind the Beef Podcast features as interview with Northern Development Officer Jen, where Jen gives an overview of her role working with the program, an important strategic project for Angus Australia is the development and implementation of a sustainable program with the overall aim to increase demand for Angus and Angus influenced cattle in the beef supply chain in northern Australia.
Rounding out the episode is a sit down with Injune producers Jeremy and Julie Shaw, who talk about their experience utilising Angus in their central Queensland operations.
31 March 2021
The first quarter of 2021 is done & dusted, and in this episode we are looking back at the top news stories and developments coming out of Angus Australia in the first few months of the year.
24 February 2021
The Behind the Beef Podcast is back in 2021, and we are kicking off our episodes for the year with an interview and question and answer session with our President, Sam White.
Speaking with the staff of Angus Australia, Sam breaks down the importance of what we do as a breed society in the day-to-day work of an Angus Australia seedstock member. For those unfamiliar with the role of a breed society or would like to know more about our President and Board Chair this episode is the one for you.
16 December 2020
As the 2020 draws to a close and we start to turn our attention to the festive season and the new year of 2021, Angus Australia has looked back at the year that was for the society and our members in the latest episode of the Behind the Beef podcast (now available just in time for Christmas!).
25 November 2020
Behind the Beef is back, and episode 4 focuses on the commercial advantage of Angus cattle. As many know, there has been a current boom in the markets for commercial and seedstock cattle and front and centre is Angus. With interviews with Diana Wood (Angus Australia), Paton Fitzsimons (Ray White Rural Blackall), Andrew Byrne (Angus Australia) & Liz Pearson (Angus Australia), we break down the commercial advantage of utilising Angus genetics and what it means for the whole supply chain!
12 August 2020
Episode 3 of Behind the Beef is now available for listening and this episode focuses on Angus Australia Member Services! The episode features an interview with Member Services Manager Scott Wright, who answers a number of frequently asked questions that his team receive from the member base over a range of topics related to the services provided by Angus Australia.
13 May 2020
The Behind the Beef Podcast is back and episode 2 focuses on the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program!
Episode two features an interview with Strategic Projects Manager Christian Duff for a behind the scenes look into the Angus Sire Benchmarking Program (ASBP), as well as a series of beef industry professionals across the supply chain who have an influence or are influenced by the ASBP.
Listen in for a behind the scenes look into the ASBP and its effect on the Australian beef industry. Behind the Beef is available to listen via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, Spotify Podcasts and Whooshka Podcasts!
4 March 2020
Behind the Beef is the brand-new Angus Australia podcast, giving a behind the scenes look across all facets of Angus beef cattle in Australia. Episode 1 covers the Angus Youth Program and the recent Angus Youth National Roundup!
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