Election Statement: Laurence Denholm

Dr Laurence Denholm

Nominee’s qualifications and relevant experience:

  • Cattle producer since 1986, family run farm
  • Typical medium size registered Angus breeder since 2001
  • Recent herd expansion – 160 Angus breeders
  • BVSc(Hons) DipAgSc PhD – veterinary research scientist
  • LLB(Hons) GradDipLegPrac – admitted to practise law in NSW Supreme Court
  • GAICD -Graduate, Australian Institute of Company Directors (Company Directors Course)
  • 35 years experience in corporate and government policy development, strategic planning and risk management
  • https://au.linkedin.com/in/dr-laurence-denholm-79217129

Nominee’s contribution to breed and/or Angus Society of Australia:

  • AA Director for NSW since 2016; Chair, Strategy and Risk Committee; Member, Breed Development and Extension, Audit and Finance, Strategic Projects and Organisational Review Committees
  • Current AA representative on ARCBA Executive
  • NSW State Committee member since 2008
  • Collaborating with AA in genetics research and advising Board on genetic defects since 2006
  • Volunteer parent helper and invited speaker, Angus Youth Roundups

Key issues the nominee sees facing the Angus Society of Australia:

  • Engaging strategically with proposals that all breed society managed Group Breedplans be replaced by a single MLA managed genomics and performance data recording and analysis system for all cattle (purebreds, composites, crossbreds).
  • Improving Angus genetics by balancing carcase quality, fertility, structure, feed efficiency, temperament and longevity.
  • Managing risk of accelerating loss of genetic diversity with genomic and $Indices based selection.
  • Improving AA focus on growing members’ businesses.
  • Maintaining and promoting competitive advantages of Angus with changing markets and other meat quality focussed breeds.
  • Improving connections between show-ring and sale-ring.
  • Engaging with Angus Youth to foster intergenerational skills transfer.
  • Ensuring member services are efficient, timely, relevant and resourced.
  • Improving communications between AA Board and State Committees.
  • Providing member opportunities for improving knowledge, skills and marketing.