The Weekly Grill

Episode 36: Peter Parnell, retiring CEO Angus Australia

In this week’s episode of The Weekly Grill podcast series, host Kerry Lonergan turns up the heat on Angus Australia’s chief executive officer Peter Parnell, who retires in February next year, having managed the nation’s largest breed society for the past twelve and a half years.

Peter Parnell

Dr Parnell has presided over a period of dramatic growth for the Angus breed in Australia, driven in part by relentless breed improvement delivered through objective measurement and performance recording through Breedplan.

He foresees an exciting time ahead for the seedstock industry, driven in part by new genomic tools.

Dr Parnell took over from Grahame Truscott as Angus Australia CEO in 2009, having worked for NSW DPI for the previous seven years as a genetics research manager. Prior to that, he spent a lengthy term as Angus Australia’s breed development manager.


Check out our previous Weekly Grill podcasts here, including interviews with three veteran industry stakeholders reflecting on the 1970s Beef Slump; MLA managing director Jason Strong; grainfed branded beef pioneer Robin Hart, founder of Stockyard Beef; Grace Brennan, founder of ‘Buy from the Bush; Cattle Council of Australia president Markus Rathsmann;  Patrick Warmoll, the boss of Jack’s Creek Wagyu; veteran pastoral company executive Roger Halliwell; retired non-packer beef exporter, Richard Rains; carbon trading expert, Toby Grogan from Impact Agriculture; Red Meat Advisory Council chair, John McKillop; stud cattle showing identities Gary Noller and Rob Sinnamon; veteran Victorian cattle buyer David Ronalds; beef processing legend, ACC’s David Foote;  Live export class action facilitator, Tracey Hayes; Signature Beef’s Blair Angus; Consolidated Pastoral Co chief and Livecorp chairman, Troy Setter; nutrition scientist and MLA special skills board member, Manny Noakes; CCA independent northern and southern directors, Alice Greenup and Olivia Lawson; Australian Agricultural Co head Hugh Killen; Sydney independent red meat retailer Stephen Kelly; lotfeeder, Charlie Mort; processor and supply chain manager, Terry Nolan; livestock transport operator Ross Fraser; Organic supply chain manager Alister Ferguson; and  our first cattle market outlook, with TEM’s Matt Dalgleish and Stockco’s Chris Howie.


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