Twelve future beef industry leaders selected for inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program

January 16, 2019 4:23 pm

Angus Youth and partner Achmea, Australia’s specialist farm insurer, have selected 12 young beef industry representatives from Australia and New Zealand to take part in the inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program.

The GenAngus Future Leaders Program will see 12 young beef leaders from across the country and overseas attend a three-day intensive workshop from 20-22 February 2019 in Sydney.  Following the workshop, the participants will embark on a 12-month leadership journey.

The GenAngus Program has been designed to support members of Angus Australia, aged 18-40 to either start their own beef business or grow their current business, and further develop their skills to propel them into future beef industry leaders.

The workshop will cover a wide range of topics including business financials, beef business networking, mindset, beef supply chain, risk and liability and succession planning.

The presentations, designed to challenge participants, will be hosted by a series of industry professionals from a diverse range of backgrounds.

To ensure continued growth and development, there will mentoring supplied to the participants over a twelve-month period.

Angus Australia Events and Youth Development Officer Candice Liddle looks forward to the program and working with the young producers.

“The Inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program will be an excellent experience for young Angus Australia members who are looking to expand their existing knowledge about the beef industry.

“The crop of young producers that have been selected for the GenAngus Future Leaders Program are an excellent group of representatives of young people in the beef industry, working towards developing their careers in the field.

I look forward not only to working with them at the GenAngus intensive workshop, but also continuing to assist their career and individual development with their 12-month leadership journey following on from the workshop.”

Through a multi-year partnership with Angus Australia, specialist farm insurer Achmea is delighted to support the inaugural GenAngus Future Leaders Program.

Achmea CEO Emma Thomas said the calibre and number of applicants was very high and successful applicants were selected through a competitive and merit-based assessment.

“Committed to protecting and enhancing agricultural communities, Achmea is proud to support the development of the next generation of future beef industry leaders. The interest in this inaugural program has been remarkable.”

“By fostering their development, we will help strengthen the beef sector and boost the opportunities for the next generation of leaders, their families and communities right across Australia,” Mrs Thomas said.


Full list of successful GenAngus 2019 participants

Ruby Canning:

Ruby Canning is a sixth-generation beef cattle producer, and co-owner of Mavstar Simmentals, Red Angus and Photography, Mortlake VIC.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing at the University of New England.  Miss Canning aspires to have a career involved in supply chain management and is invested in developing her interest in effective business networking and industry insights.


James Campkin-Smith:

James Campkin-Smith is the owner of JC-S Pastoral Co and Farm Manager of Campkin-Smith Family, Pound Creek, VIC.  JC-S Pastoral Co is a self-replacing commercial beef cattle breeding business, running a herd of 50 head of Angus and Angus cross cattle.  Mr Campkin-Smith holds a Bachelor of Agricultural Science and a Bachelor of Business from La Robe University and during his time studying competed in the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition.   In 2018, Mr Campkin-Smith represented Victoria at the Cattle Council Australia and the NAB Agri Business Rising Champion Initiative.


Monique Estrada:

Monique Estrada is the owner of Target Livestock and Marketing, launched in 2018.  Miss Estrada, from Merriwa, NSW, launched her own small business with the aim to assist breeders in achieving the best outcomes and exposure when it comes to the marketing of their brand and sale cattle.  Miss Estrada also works to expand the livestock section of her business through her own Angus stud stock.


Eliza Borchardt:

Eliza Borchardt operates her own beef enterprise, Oakvale Angus, and works within the beef cattle industry as the Registrar at the Australian Limousin Breeders Society.  Mrs Borchardt has a Bachelor of Agribusiness Majoring in Rural Science from the University of New England.  Mrs Borchardt and her husband run an Angus Stud and Commercial operation based at Tara, Queensland.


Aimee Bolton:

Aimee Bolton, Congupna, Victoria is a third year Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management student at Charles Sturt University.  Miss Bolton currently sits on the RASV Young Beef Victoria committee, and currently owns her own herd of Black and Red Angus Cattle.  Miss Bolton looks to utilise the GenAngus program to further equip herself with the skills and knowledge to further her in the beef industry and focus her work with the youth of the industry.


Mostyn Golding:

Mostyn Golding, Dardanup, Western Australia has a Bachelor of Business majoring in Accounting and Finance, and works full time with his family business, Little Meadows Angus stud.  Within Little Meadow Angus, Mr Golding works in the financial and marketing elements of the business.  Mr Golding has a large involvement in the Western Australia Youth Cattle Handlers Camp.


Joshua Clift:

Joshua Clift of Scone, NSW is the owner of Clift Angus, which he established 12 months ago.  Mr Clift has had a history within breeding and trading commercial cattle and looks to further grow Clift Angus amongst both commercial and seedstock breeders in the future.  Mr Clift looks to ulitse the GenAngus program to assist in broadening his knowledge and understanding of the beef industry, learning from the mentors and fellow participants.


Samuel Hunter:

Samuel Hunter hailing from Yass, NSW is a Livestock Agent who has been involved in the beef industry from a young age, having made his start showing Angus cattle in 2005.  Mr Hunter has a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management from Charles Sturt University and operated his own Angus herd for several years, before beginning his career as an agent and auctioneer which sees him working with commercial and seedstock producers on a daily basis.


Ashley Coleman:

Ashley Cole of Inverell, NSW, has a long-standing background in the beef industry, having been involved in her families farming operations, assisting in the development of their 700 head Angus herd.  Ms Coleman currently owns and runs her own cattle operation of Angus and Angus cross cattle, where she runs a supplementary cattle feeding business turning cattle over to both the feeder and kill markets.  She has also worked for her local beef processor as the Environmental Officer for several years, assuming environmental responsibility for the company’s feedlot business.


Katherine McCallum

Katherine McCallum of Balfour, New Zealand owns a 319-hectare mixed farming system of Sheep, Dairy support and an Angus Stud with her husband.  Her role in the business is the administration, accounts and helping on the farm physically.  Mrs McCallum has a long-standing history with the Angus Breed starting back at 16 years of age when she was given two stud heifers.  Her stud has slowly grown and evolved, calving 63 cows this season.  The target market is calving ease and heifer mating while trying to maintain phenotype and a balance of EBVs.  In 2017, the McCallum’s held their first on Farm Yearling Sale.


Kristen Fredricksen:

Kristen Fredricksen of Cowra, NSW is a mixed practice Veterinarian.  She has been heavily involved in the initial and continued development of her family Angus stud and it’s recent expansion of a commercial herd as part of the enterprise.  She personally also has a small herd of stud and commercial heifers run on agistment.   In the next 5 years, Ms Fredericksen looks to continue her work as a veterinarian while developing her existing herd into to a manageable, sustainable and self-replacing stud and commercial beef cattle herd.