Thirteen exceptional young leaders of the beef industry gathered in Christchurch New Zealand last week for the 2024 GenAngus Future Leaders Program.  

It was a week designed to challenge their thinking, develop lifelong friendships and networks and leave them with a renewed sense of purpose and the drive to push their personal and business relationships to a new level.  

With a theme of ‘Kaitiakitanaga: Guardians of the land for future generations’, the group were challenged to develop their ‘legacy’ and leave their ‘jersey’ in a better place.  

At the conclusion of the event the event it was clear that the group had well and truly exceeded expectations and are well on their way to continuing to operate successfully within the beef industry.  

The program brought together the emerging leaders for an intensive workshop aimed at enhancing their knowledge and confidence in business management, providing them with essential skills to help navigate their careers in the beef industry and included the following presentations: 

  • Developing a growth mindset with Pete Clark from 21 Whispers  
  • A deep dive in to markets and future predictions for the beef industry with Simon Quilty, Global Agritrends   
  • The importance of Risk Mitigation and Liability with Richard Officer from Achmea Australia   
  • Setting of breeding objectives with Jake Phillips Angus Australia  
  • Succession Planning with Grant Sidnam, Alistair King, Phil Creagh and Hayden Dillon from Hamilton Locke 
  • Team Culture with Angus Street from New Zealand Merino Company 
  • Marketing & Branding 101 with Diana Wood and Cheyne Twist, Angus Australia  
  • Digital Marketing with Sarah Horrocks from Horrocks Media 
  • AgFinance and benchmarking with Lawrence Field, RURAL CA Ltd 
  • The All Blacks Legacy with Sir Graham Henry  
  • DISC profiling with Milly Nolan 
  • Youth and Leadership with Marie FitzPatrick, Timperlea Angus 
  • Practical Beef farm operation with James Knight from The Sisters Pastoral 

The 2024 GenAngus Program was concluded with the Great Debate on topics such as: ‘Being good looking is better than being smart’; ‘Angus cattle in Australia are better than New Zealand’ and ‘Generational turnover is more important than legacy’. 

And finally the group were invited to ‘leave their mark’ and develop ideas for the future that will see both GenAngus and the Angus breed succeed in to the future. 

Taking part in the 2024 GenAngus Future Leaders Program were:    

  • Cody Best, Deloraine, TAS  
  • Jim Burrows, North Canterbury, NZ (Sponsored by Angus New Zealand) 
  • Elliott Connors, Scone, NSW  
  • Joseph Dewar, Guilderton, WA  
  • Sophie Hanna, Walwa, NSW  
  • Sam Hayden, Moriac, VIC  
  • Emma Hussey, Canterbury, NZ (Sponsored by Angus New Zealand) 
  • Lincoln McKinlay, Inverell, NSW  
  • Nathan Mura, McKinlay, QLD  
  • Kate Reid, Bukkulla, NSW  
  • Murk Schoen, Corowa, NSW  
  • Luke Stuckey, Flynn, VIC  
  • Sean Wright, Banana, QLD  

The 2024 GenAngus Program would not have been possible without the support of our partners, Achmea Australia, Angus New Zealand and Robobank New Zealand.  

Since 2019, our alliance with specialist agricultural insurer Achmea Australia has supported more than 60 future leaders through the GenAngus Future Leaders Program. As we launch our sixth program, we would like to acknowledge Achmea Australia for their unwavering support to help nurture the next generation of agricultural leaders.  

Keep an eye out over the coming weeks and in the Winter Bulletin for a full report on this flagship event. 


Feature Image: (L-R) Lincoln McKinlay, Luke Stuckey, Sophie Hanna, Kate Reid, Sam Hayden, Nathan Mura, Jim Burrows, Emma Hussey, Murk Schoen, Milly Nolan, Sean Wright, Joe Dewar, Cody Best and Elliot Connors.