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New livestock policy officer for AgForce

by Beef Central, 09 January 2013

Agforce Queensland has appointed Michael Allpass to the postiion of livestock policy officer. 

Mr Allpass will draw on more than two decades experience working in the rural sector when he takes up the role this week.

Based in the AgForce Brisbane office, Michael has worked at a number of levels in the primary production supply chain including time as a jackaroo in Western Queensland and 12 years in agribusiness finance.  He holds a Bachelor of Agribusiness from the University of Queensland and an Associate Diploma in Animal Production from Longreach Pastoral College.

“I was a jackaroo in the Longreach region before heading to the Riverina area of New South Wales where I commenced my career within the stud Merino industry,” Michael said.

“This included six years incorporating the positions of head jackaroo, stud groom and overseer at the famous ‘Goolgumbla’ Merino Stud at Jerilderie.”

More recently Michael has held key roles with Suncorp and Bankwest specialising in agribusiness lending including the positions of Relationship Manager and Credit Specialist.

Michael said his new role at AgForce will allow him to call on his diverse skill set gained from 20 years working in the agricultural sector.

“Over the course of my career I have worked in the paddock right through to navigating high level business financing,” he said.

“I am thrilled to join AgForce and to use these skills to benefit our State’s livestock sector.”

AgForce Chief Executive Officer, Charles Burke, said Michael was the perfect fit for the organisation.

“Michael brings with him a rare combination of practical know how coupled with astute business knowledge,” he said.

“There is increasing pressure on our grazing operations to not only be technically aware in their production systems but also to operate as commercially successful enterprises.”

“Michael’s understanding of this balance will be of great benefit to AgForce and our members."

Source; AgForce Queensland
 

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