Cattle Australia congratulates this year’s Australia Day honour recipients with special thanks to those who have had an impact on the beef industry.
Cattle Australia Deputy Chair, Garry Edwards said many of those honoured had been champions for agriculture and were working hard to ensure the sector has a strong future.
“Our industry depends on the dedication of thousands of people and I’m pleased to see some of our best being honoured for Australia Day.” Mr Edwards said.
“Former Meat & Livestock Australia Chair Michele Allan was appointed as an Officer to the Order of Australia (OA) for distinguished service to the agriculture and tertiary education.”
Theresa Craig, John Angus, Robbie Sefton, Darlene Wray and Graeme Stoney had been made a Member of the Order of Australia (AM).
“Dr John Angus’ lifetime of research has had a profound impact on dryland pasture production,” Mr Edwards said.
“For more than 30 years, Robbie Sefton has been making sure the outstanding story we have to tell reaches the rest of the country and the world and her work has been invaluable.
“Darlene Wray has been pivotal in pioneering organic beef production in Australia with nearly 20 years at Obe Organic which has defined how we add value in organic production.
“National’s treasurer, Dr Theresa Craig has given 14 years’ service, providing technical services to pastoral companies, feed mills and abattoirs through her consultancy business.
“Graeme Stoney has become a living legend in Victoria, representing our industry as a state parliamentarian and leading the fight to retain alpine grazing.
Cattle vet Phil Holmes was also awarded the Medal of the Order of Australia (OAM)
“Phil Holmes has been a key player in improving the productivity of our industry for decided through his business that has improved the technical performance of many beef properties,” Mr Edwards said.
“I would also like to acknowledge the ACT Australian of the Year finalist, Olympia Yarger – whose research has found a way to use insects to convert food waste into fertiliser and livestock feed.”
Simon Phemister and Elton Miller also received awards for their roles in agriculture in the Victorian and Queensland public service.