Beef achievers invited to nominate for NABRC Medals

Nominations for the North Australia Beef Research Council (NABRC) Medals close on July 1. These Medals recognise the achievements of those who have made a significant contribution to the northern Australia beef industry in the fields of production, research and development, and communication or extension.

The four NABRC Medals are offered to producers, scientists/researchers, communication or extension specialists, and young achievers who have excelled in their field.

To be eligible, nominees must have either resided or spent a substantial period of time in northern Australia while making their contribution to the beef industry.

NABRC Secretariat Jackie Kyte said NABRC was a truly participative group that aimed to ensure innovation and learning in the northern beef industry that was relevant to the end users.

“This is the fifth round of NABRC Medals, which not only highlight the achievements of individuals but also acknowledge the role of the NABRC and its Regional Beef Research Committees,” Ms Kyte said.

A panel of eight judges will decide the worthy recipients, with winners notified on August 1. The Medals and a Certificate of Excellence will be presented to the awardees at a dinner in Rockhampton on August 16, as part of the triennial Northern Beef Research Update Conference.

The Producer Medal is open to all northern Australia producers, with no requirement to be associated with a Regional Beef Research Committee. Nominees in this category need to demonstrate their commitment to the industry through active participation in Research and Development (R&D) activities including promotion, leadership and implementation.

Ms Kyte said the Scientist/Researcher Medal was designed to recognise individuals who had produced research that had significantly benefitted the northern beef industry.

“We’re looking for people with a solid scientific reputation and a desire to ensure their research results are applied in the most efficient and beneficial way.”

The Communicator/Extension Medal is open to those working for government or the private sector and providing a positive impact on farm practice, producer education or community awareness.

“Nominees need to show that they have developed or applied innovative tools or communication methods to share information with the industry,” Ms Kyte said.

The Young Achiever Medal will acknowledge the contribution to R&D or Extension by a person under-35 years of age.

“In this category we are looking for young people with established or burgeoning leadership skills and have excelled in their area of expertise,” Ms Kyte said.

“We are also encouraging nominees who have applied in the past and were not successful to reapply for a NABRC Medal in 2016.”

Nominees need to address the selection criteria on the official nomination form and return it to NABRC by July 1.

To receive a nomination form, please email or phone 0409 564 729.

For all media enquiries, please contact Jackie Kyte, NABRC Secretariat on 0409 564 729 or