Kate Fairlie who represent South Australia, was one of seven finalists in the 2019 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion Initiative.
Kate Fairlie is a fifth-generation livestock producer, based in the lower south east of SA. Heavily involved in her family’s Angus stud, Lanark, Kate also works as a regional manager for Beachport Liquid Minerals. Kate holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and has a long history with the Angus Youth program.
In 2012 Kate was awarded one of three Beef Australia Scholarships, in 2013 the Trans Tasman Exchange Scholarship and in 2014 she won the National Judging Competition which enable Kate to spend a semester at the University of Illinois in the United States of America.
Kate was an Angus Youth Ambassador in 2011 and 2012 and a member of the Angus Youth Management Committee for 3 years.
She has attended many Angus Youth National Roundups with her family over the years and was the coordinator of the Hamilton VIC event in 2012 and the Mt Gambier event in in 2017.
The NAB Agribusiness Rising Champion Initiative provides participants with the opportunity to network with some of Australia’s key beef industry leaders and provide contacts that will contribute to participant’s career progression within the beef industry.
The seven state finalists attended a four-day networking and leadership program in Canberra from 12-15 August with the winner announced at a gala dinner. The winner will be sponsored to attend the 2019 International Beef Alliance Conference.
In being chosen as one of the finalists for the ‘Rising Beef Industry Champion Initiative’, Kate learnt more about the political and technical side of the beef industry.
‘By attending the event and meeting like-minded people within the industry, I have gained a greater understanding of what producers in other states are doing and how they contribute to the national industry’, said Kate.
‘The beef industry is an exciting area to be involved in and I enjoyed hearing the stories of how other people are doing things,’ she added.
Top Image: Kate Fairlie