Advancing Beef Leaders
The Advancing Beef Leaders (ABL) program is a tailored leadership and professional development program for emerging producer and community leaders. Delivered by a partnership of Department of Agriculture and Fisheries extension staff and private consultants, ABL aims to skill and enthuse those who wish to become more involved in community and industry organisations.
ABL overlays relevant technical skills with appropriate self-development; encouraging participants to build stronger networks and spark the confidence needed to contribute and influence.
ABL launched with a North Queensland (NQ) pilot in 2020, followed by groups in North West Queensland and Central Queensland group. The groups are facilitated by Ben Reeve (Meridian Agriculture) and Amanda Roughan (Evolve AGRi) supported by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries local coordinator team Megan Munchenberg (NWQ), Kylie Hopkins (CQ), Tim Emery (Maranoa) and Alison Larard (NQ and Far North Queensland). The program offers participants personalised training, peer and industry networking and a unique opportunity for mentoring from the program’s pool of ABL alumni, current leaders and guest speakers.
The ABL program modules include:
- Understanding self and others (The Right Mind – Jill Rigney)
- Spheres of influence (Meridian Agriculture – Ben Reeve)
- Technical foundations (Black Box Co – Emma Black)
- Economic and financial fundamentals (DAF and Meridian Agriculture)
- Business and succession planning (Rural Financial Counselling Service Far North Queensland and DAF)
- Governance (Engage and Create – Julia Spicer)
- Communications (Concise Communications – Ann Burbrook)
Advancing Beef Leaders is funded through DAF’s Reef Grazing Extension Services from the Queensland Government Reef Water Quality Program and GrazingFutures Livestock Business Resilience, an initiative of the Australian and Queensland Governments to improves drought preparedness and resilience of Queensland livestock producers.