Meridian Agriculture consultants Paul Blackshaw and Mike Stephens had the opportunity to work with four groups of beef producers from north and far north Queensland recently. The producers, involved in groups centered around Charters Towers, Mareeba, Mount Surprise and Georgetown, came together in July for a series of workshops in Charters Towers and Georgetown with a key focus on better business decision making through financial management and succession planning.

Following on from this activity, the producers were invited to attend an “Executive Challenge” workshop in Sydney in late August. In bringing them to Sydney attendees were taken out of their environmental comfort zone and were further challenged to face some of the important issues confronting them.  Included below is a list of speakers and sessions from the Executive Challenge:

  • Tm Reeves (University of Melbourne) – Agriculture mega trends and their relevance in FNQ
  • Paul Higgins (Futurist – Emergent Futures) – Mega Trends beyond Agriculture in a changing environment
  • National Australia Bank – Market update and inner workings of NAB
  • Stephen Weidemann (Integrity Ag and Environment) – Towards carbon neutral beef (Carbon neutral by 2030)
  • Glenys Oogjes (Animals Australia ) – Community expectations from an animal viewpoint
  • Andrew Ash (ex CSIRO) – Growing beef in a changing environment (Climate change)
  • David Mitchell (Monaro Farming Systems) – Making producer groups work effectively – The MFS Story and taking advantage of Mega Trends at a local level
  • Robert Adés (Meridian Agriculture Chairman) – Strategic planning which delivers results for your business
  • Irene Sobotta (Meat and Livestock Australia) – How you can help MLA help you
  • Paul Blackshaw (Meridian Agriculture) – Analysing your business and assisting you in the preparation of a business case for your bank
  • Mike Stephens (Meridian Agriculture) – Succession Planning

The feedback from the Executive Challenge has been very positive and Meridian Agriculture look forward to working with the groups again in the future. The whole venture would not have been possible but for the leadership and inspiration of Queensland Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, Alison Larard and the team who support her.

Meridian Agriculture can specially tailor leadership and personal development training for groups, teams and organisations. For further information contact us on 03 5341 6100.

Article by Mike Stephens