Sponsorships on offer for Young Beef Producers Forum
AS A young beef producer, Mundubbera born and bred Nicola Kerle believes it's time for the next generation to "step up to the plate”.
So, when the opportunity arose last year to attend the Young Beef Producers' Forum in Roma, thanks to a sponsorship by Central Burnett Landcare, she "jumped at the chance.”
"The main reason I was so interested to attend this event was to network with not only other young producers but to network with our industry leaders to obtain an understanding of where our rural industry is heading in the future,” she said.
Ms Kerle said there were many highlights for her, including hearing a personal account from Fossil Downs Station's Rick Ford, learning about Digital Mobile Radios, and receiving advice from Palgrove Pastoral Company's David and Prue Bondfield.
Fellow alumni Emm Bambling from Gayndah said her experience gave her an "opportunity to get out of my comfort zone”.
"Each (guest) speaker brought something different to the table,” she said.
"One area they concentrated on was succession planning.
"As a young person, my take on this was the importance of involving the younger generation in this discussion and preparing the younger generation building us as leaders to take on these roles successfully.
"This is exactly what Central Burnett Landcare have done for us by providing us with this opportunity.”
After the success of last year, the group is again offering the opportunity for young beef producers in the North Burnett to attend the forum in Roma.
Treasurer Emily Vicary said not only does their sponsorship help encourage young people in the beef industry, but it also introduces the new membership to the group, two of whom - Ms Vicary and president Sara Darrow - now hold executive positions.
Four sponsorships are being offered for producers aged between 18 - 35.
To be eligible, you must become a financial member of the group.
Contact secretary Ruth Vicary on centralburnettlandcare @gmail.com or 0427 654 453 to apply.
Applications close on Friday, October 25.