CQ producer elected Cattle Council President

James Nason, 14/11/2014
Howard Smith

Howard Smith

The Cattle Council of Australia board has this morning elected Howard Smith as President.

Howard takes over the role from Andrew Ogilvie, who has completed his maximum three year term as President.
“First and foremost, I would like to personally thank and commend Andrew for the role that he played as Cattle Council President. The contribution that Andrew has made to the beef industry was not without significant time away from his own family and business. Andrew was President of Cattle Council during a period of transition and throughout his tenure he made a number of difficult decisions with the best interests of the industry at the forefront of his mind.”
Howard operates a breeding, fattening and trading beef operation with his family in Rolleston, Central Queensland and is also the immediate past-Chair of the Agforce Cattle Board. Howard has been a driving force behind the development of the Pasturefed Cattle Assurance System and is determined to find opportunities for producers to gain premiums and increase transparency.
“I am extremely proud to be elected into this position,” Mr Smith said.
“The beef industry is currently confronting significant challenges, including discussion around industry restructure, consumer interest in sustainability and animal welfare and the continued challenge of farm-gate prices.
“If we are going to provide the best possible representation for Australian beef producers, the industry representational structure must be solid.
“The areas that I see as being integral to my role at Cattle Council are ensuring that the industry structure is solid and supporting the beef language review,” Mr Smith said.
Tony Hegarty from Cassilis, NSW, was elected Vice President and Paul Saward, Redpa, Tasmania, was elected as Chairman of the Finance & Audit Committee.
To read Beef Central’s earlier profile article on Howard Smith click here


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  1. Brett McCamley, 14/11/2014

    An organisation that represents the Beef industry as a whole, but draws it’s representatives from a minority. We will now see whether we are represented by “Mice or Men”, and in the process bring unity and trust to an industry that has long been without. We need representation by people who will administer the views of all producers not just the privileged few.

  2. Wallace Gunthorpe, 14/11/2014

    Congratulations Howard on your new appointment,I know your heart is in it but please don’t leave behind the families that are quarantined by your BJD policy.I ask you to call for full compensation for these people and move to a management policy for BJD.This will put a stop to the unfair destruction of family businesses.

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