One of the principals of Te Mania Angus Tom Gubbins, has been awarded the Howard Yelland Beef Industry Award for 2017, during the recent Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership dinner. The award is presented by the Australian Beef Industry Foundation and Marcus Oldham College with the support of Boehringer Ingelheim Australia (formerly Merial)
“Tom has been at the forefront of leading the genetic development, on farm management strategy for not only the Angus breed but the whole of the Australian beef industry through his willingness to provide access to the information and technology developed by Te Mania Angus in its commitment to objective measurement as a key to genetic improvement, “ABIF chair John Gunthorpe said.
The citation for the 2017 award reads as follows:
“In recognition of Tom Gubbins’ contribution as a significant and multi-faceted contributor to not only the Angus sector but the Australian beef industry by being in the fore front of the adoption of ‘new age technology’ to develop and promote objective measurement and genetic selection as the basis for the genetic destiny, market performance, long term viability and security of the beef cattle industry. His commitment to providing a strong connection between seedstock producers, geneticists and researchers both in Australia and internationally has ensured that the genetic evaluation systems for livestock production in this county continue to be placed at the forefront of world’s best practice.”
ABIF also recognised the expertise Mr Gubbins brought to many industry organisations, in his role on the AGBU consultative committee, membership of the Australian Angus Technical Committee, MLA National Livestock Genetics Task Force, and the Trans-Tasman Cow productivity program.
The award recognises Howard Yelland, a pioneer and leader in the Australian Beef industry through his championing of objective selection and performance recording fro beef cattle. It seeks to acknowledge individuals who have given service to the beef industry ‘above and beyond’ their normal role. There have been 32 recipients since 1987.
by Jon Condon, Beef Central 10 July 2017
Top Image: Tom Gubbins, is pictured presenting at the recent World Angus Forum in Edinburgh, Scotland.