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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
42 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA HAMISH MUNRO, AGED 33, NSW FARMERS' ASSOCIATION, CATTLE COUNCIL COUNCILLOR My wife and I manage part of a beef/sheep/ cropping family farming operation in Cumnock, NSW. We have 3 beautiful children and we all enjoy the life that living on the land and farming brings. On our farm we strive for best management practices, including EU trading, Quality Assurance systems, running a sustainable grazing system and employing conservation farming techniques. I'd call myself a passionate advocate for building the capacity and sustainability of the Australian beef industry and wider agriculture. Like the other 20 beef producers from around Australia who sit on the Cattle Council, I am someone who prefers to have a say on what future we create. Anyone can have a say, we live in a free world. However, there is a structure in place to ensure a united voice is achieved for maximum impact on those national issues that matter most to us. The Cattle Council is the structure by which beef producers can be represented (and be heard) by the Federal Government. I strongly encourage you to have a say, if you're not already helping to influence the future that young farmers will have to operate and function under. Cattle Council's young leaders... Cattle Council believes it's important to promote the future involvement of today's young beef producers in driving the Australian beef cattle industry forward. Current young leaders on the Cattle Council include: JUSTIN MACDONNELL AGED 32, AGFORCE CATTLE, CATTLE COUNCIL COUNCILLOR I'm a beef producer and qualified accountant (CPA) from the Arcadia Valley, an area between Rolleston and Injune in Central Queensland. My wife Pauline and I are part of a family operation, 'Brigalow Beef', that run 3000 head of crossbred cattle on two adjacent properties covering about 11,000 hectares. Brigalow Beef produces MSA graded, grass finished cattle for the export and domestic market under a cell-grazing regime. As a beef producer I am passionate about ensuring the long term sustainability of our industry and being on the Cattle Council means I am able to contribute to the future of our industry in a meaningful way. I am on Cattle Council's Environmental Taskforce, which develops the industry's environmental policy. In December 2009, I represented beef producers at the United Nations Climate Change Summit in Copenhagen as part of Cattle Council's lobbying effort to modify the international accounting rules. We must continue to fight to see the rules better recognise agriculture and the role of farmers in managing greenhouse gas emissions. At every chance I get, I encourage those around me to get involved and have a say on the issues impacting our industry. I believe that if we're not out there having a voice on those issues impacting our livelihoods, someone else will speak for us, and that voice may not be in our best interests. SAM GUNN, AGED 28, NSW FARMERS' ASSOCIATION -- CHAIR YOUNG FARMERS COUNCIL, CATTLE COUNCIL COUNCILLOR I was raised on a cattle property at Goondiwindi, Queensland and upon finishing School worked on Mount Sanford Station in the Northern Territory. After completing a Bachelor of Business at the University of Sydney in Orange, I worked on the family farm, which by this time located in the Hunter Valley, NSW. After traveling for 9 months through Europe and the Americas observing the Beef Industry there I returned home to work in the family business. Today, we trade commercial cattle and breed stud cattle as part our family's Sevenbardot Poll Hereford stud. I also manage our mixed farming operation west of Condobolin in Central NSW. A large part of Cattle Council's role is making sure beef producers are receiving bang for buck on the levies we pay to the National Residue Survey, Animal Health Australia and Meat & Livestock Australia. I am on Cattle Council's Marketing Taskforce and see what's put under the microscope in terms of beef industry marketing plans. We evaluate MLA's performance on a regular basis to ensure it delivers the results we need to be successful operators. I will do what I can while I can, to ensure our industry is a profitable business for future generations. I believe it's vital that young farmers, like me, use their knowledge and experience to strengthen their future. I strongly encourage those involved in the cattle industry to join their State Farming Organisation, and also become familiar with Cattle Council activities at every opportunity. The more you learn, the more we as an industry are equipped with informed leaders to drive the business of beef production forward.