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Applications open for the Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador program – Beef Australia 2015

March 17, 2015
Applications are open for the 2015 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador program, an initiative supported by Beef Australia aimed at recognising young, forward-thinking and high-achieving beef producers.

Nominees can be from any part of rural Australia but must be between 18-35 years of age with at least three years of on-farm experience. They must be currently working in a successful and progressive farming business and demonstrate commitment and vision for the future of the Australian beef industry.

Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador 2012 Sarah Becker from Rockhampton is a passionate industry professional who says the Australian beef industry has a bright future ahead.

“Generally speaking, with an aging population of farmers and beef producers, it’s important that we look to develop the younger ones in the industry so they have something new and different to bring to the table,” Sarah says.

“As the next generation of industry leaders, it’s really up to us to realise the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead for ourselves and the sector. We need to develop the right skills and management capabilities to drive the industry forward.”

Presented the Ambassador award in Rockhampton at Beef Australia 2012, Sarah received a scholarship to attend the prestigious Rabobank Farm Managers Program, a week-long intensive business training course for farm managers who aim to run and/or take ownership of a farming business.

Sarah takes on the responsibility with the management of her family’s cattle stud, Jarrah Cattle Company, near Banana in Central Queensland and also holds a senior management role in her family’s rural chartered accounting business based in Rockhampton.

Wearing both ‘hats’, Sarah says she is able to apply her accounting skills and expertise to the betterment of their family cattle business.

“I am chief financial controller of our cattle business which is a position I have been able to take on given the background I have in finance and accounting – but I also take every opportunity to help out with the operational duties on the property,” she says.

“The Rabobank Farm Managers Program goes beyond the physical and operational management of primary production and helps develop important skills around leadership, strategy, and people management. It gave me the opportunity to develop important traits that have helped a lot back on the property but also in our firm.”

Surrounded by a network of other likeminded young agriculturalists on the program, Sarah says the course highlighted the importance of “working on your business, not just in the business”.

“We looked at things from the outside in, rather from the inside out, which really gave me a fresh perspective on our family business and how to be more strategic with decision making,” she says.

“It’s definitely worth taking time to look at yourself, your career and your business from a strategic point of view, as opposed to just going along with things day-to-day.”

Designed to strengthen the operational and strategic skills of emerging farmers, the Farm Managers Program is modelled on the highly-respected Rabobank Executive Development Program, a long-standing business development course for leading Australian and New Zealand farmers. Participants take away new skills and techniques with a commercially-driven perspective on farm management to put systems and structures in place to manage growth.

2015 marks the 10th year of Rabobank’s Farm Managers Program, with more than 300 young farmers from across Australia and New Zealand graduating from the program since its inception in 2006.

Rabobank state manager for Queensland/Northern Territory Brad James says investing in the next generation of farmers is key when it comes to ensuring the future of the industry.

“While it’s important to invest in your business, it’s also important to invest in your own management skills – these will be very valuable in the long run when it comes to being equipped to manage the cyclical nature of running a farm business,” Mr James says.

“We believe sponsoring a young producer to attend the Rabobank Farm Managers Program is an excellent way to help the next generation develop and harness their potential. We look forward to helping provide such a unique and beneficial opportunity to up-and-coming producers who will no doubt benefit in a similar way to Sarah.”

Nominees must be between 18 to 35 years of age

  • Minimum of three years experience on farm
  • Currently working in a successful and progressive farming business
  • Show potential to be a significant contributor to the beef industry
  • Demonstrate commitment and vision for the future of the Australian beef industry
  • Show personal achievements within the industry
The winner will be awarded a full scholarship to attend the 2016 Rabobank Farm Managers Program.

For more information or to nominate for the Young Beef Ambassador Program, please contact Rabobank state marketing manager QLD/NT Gen McAulay,

Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is a part of the international Rabobank Group, the world's leading specialist in food and agribusiness banking. Rabobank has more than 115 years' experience providing customised banking and finance solutions to businesses involved in all aspects of food and agribusiness. Rabobank is structured as a cooperative and operates in 41 countries, servicing the needs of approximately 10 million clients worldwide through a network of more than 1600 offices and branches. Rabobank Australia & New Zealand is one of Australasia's leading rural lenders and a significant provider of business and corporate banking and financial services to the region's food and agribusiness sector. The bank has 94 branches throughout Australia and New Zealand.

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