Young cattle industry participants between the ages of 21 and 35 years have until August 31 to nominate for Cattle Council of Australia’s ‘Rising Champions Initiative’.
The successful candidates will have the chance to travel to Longreach in Queensland in November to share their views on the ‘real-life’ challenges and opportunities in the Australian beef industry.
CCA president Greg Brown said the Initiative would provide young people involved in the beef industry with the opportunity to have input into those issues that will impact their future.
Finalists will be asked to develop their own beef industry projects which will be presented Cattle Council for debate and discussion. They can choose from a myriad of topics that Cattle Council deals with on a daily basis, from trade and market access to environment and animal welfare.
Each finalist will be supported by a mentor and guided by 2010 Rising Champion finalists, who form part of the inaugural "Rising Champion Network".
The candidate to demonstrate greatest leadership potential will win the title of ‘2012 NAB Agribusiness Beef Industry Rising Champion’ (to be announced at the Gala Dinner, Stockman’s Hall of Fame, Longreach on 15 November 2011).
The prize will include an all-expenses paid beef tour to Denver, Colorado, USA, aligned with the International Livestock Congress and National Western Stock, Rodeo and Horse Show.
Finalists will develop both personal and professional skills through attendance at Cattle Council policy
debates, and tailored leadership and public speaking workshops.
They will also have the opportunity to meet young people involved in the beef industry from around Australia and create networks among beef industry leaders.
“We’re asking the finalists to think strategically about the beef industry, to offer their ideas and
contribute to the top-level policy development that goes on in our industry; any recommendations
arising from presentations have the opportunity to form Cattle Council policy,” Mr Brown said.
“This year we’re engaging a wide-range of stakeholders throughout the initiative from local producers,
State and Federal Government representatives and indigenous groups,” Mr Brown said.
To learn more or apply visit: www.cattlecouncil.com.au/risingchampions
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