#GrowAngus Speaker spotlights

April 5, 2017 4:34 pm

Tom Maguire from Teys Australia and Jon Condon from Beef Central will be speaking during the #GrowAngus National Conference on May 18th and 19th in Ballarat Vic.

Tom Maguire, Teys – ‘Knowledge is Power: Improving Communication across the Australian Beef Supply Chain’

Tom Maguire is currently General Manager- Corporate Services with Teys Australia, a 50/50 joint venture between the Teys family and Cargill. Teys Australia is a substantial part of Australia’s beef industry, operating six beef processing plants, three cattle feedlots as well as other businesses in the value chain located across Australia’s eastern seaboard.  Tom has been involved in the Australian meat industry since 1997.  Tom holds post graduate qualifications in Economics, Industrial Relations and Human Resource Management.  He has also completed a Master in Business.

Jon Condon, Beef Central – ‘Digital disruption and the social media evolution’

As one of Australia’s most experienced and respected agricultural journalists and commentators, Jon Condon has been part of the fabric of the nation’s beef industry for his entire life.  For 34 years he has specialised in reporting on the red meat and livestock industries, earning the trust and confidence of key stakeholders across the industry and developing a reputation for accurate, credible, informed and informative reporting.  He spent his early life in the Northern Territory, where his family built and operated a successful export beef processing plant at Katherine, and an extensive cattle property in the East Kimberley.  He holds a Business degree in marketing and communications and spent the majority of his early career in agricultural print media with Fairfax’s Rural Press division, including 15 years as national beef writer.

In 2011 he established a new online news business with fellow journalist, James Nason, launching the Beef Central website (http://www.beefcentral.com). Sheep Central and Grain Central have since been added to the stable. Beef Central website today attracts more than 70,000 Unique Browsers visiting the site on a regular basis, from across the Australian red meat supply chain and overseas.  Jon has also engaged on a consultancy basis with red meat sector clients, both Australian and overseas, in special project work associated with the Australian red meat industry. Clients have included major Australian processors, Japan’s Ministry of Agriculture, Forestry and Fishery, and Japan’s Agriculture & Livestock Industries Corporation.

He has received numerous industry and government awards and acknowledgements for his professional writing over three decades, including:

  • The Premier of Queensland’s Export Achievement Award 1997
  • Dalgety National Rural Journalism Awards 1985, 1990
  • Red Meat Industry Innovation Awards (Excellence in media category) 2002.

He is widely regarded as an authoritative commentator on industry affairs and regularly chairs significant national and regional industry events for the lotfeeding, live export and production sectors.  As a communications specialist, Jon has contributed towards the development of major industry programs such as the Red Meat Industry Strategic Plans 2010-15, and 2015-2020. He also sat for some years on the National Beef Genetics Extension Committee.  He has co-authored two books on industry affairs – both histories – based on the Australian lotfeeding industry and Stanbroke Pastoral Company.


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