Advancing Beef Leaders ready to pilot

Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) is looking for people with a passion for the beef industry to take part in a pilot program designed to give them the skills and support needed to become future leaders.

The Advancing Beef Leaders (ABL) program is a tailored leadership and professional development program for emerging leaders who have a strong connection to the beef industry (producer or related agribusiness) and a drive to improve it.

Delivered by a partnership of DAF extension staff and private contractors, ABL aims to skill and enthuse those who wish to become more involved in community and industry organisations.

DAF Senior Extension Officer, Alison Larard said the pilot program had been driven by the needs of young northern producers.

“They told us they wanted a career path in the industry; to go beyond the farm gate professionally, and even to run the home place better, requires a considerable set of skills and the confidence to draw on that knowledge to get things done for the industry and their communities. ”

ABL overlays relevant technical skills with appropriate self-development; encouraging participants to build stronger networks and spark the confidence needed to influence and contribute effectively in their industry and community.

The program offers participants personalised training, follow-up coaching, networking and a unique opportunity for mentoring from the program’s pool of industry specialists and guest speakers.

Initially, the pilot program will fully fund 10 participants within 300 km of Charters Towers. Participants will be asked to contribute to their own travel, accommodation and meal costs.

Program modules include:

To find out more contact Alison Larard,

Applications close 15 July 2020.

Young people in striped blue shirts are sitting around a table.
Northern producers attending Meridian Agriculture’s Executive Challenge, conducted during August 2019.

This program is funded through the Queensland Government Water Reef Quality program.