Meet Podcast Host Jayne Cuddihy
Jayne is a multi- award winning professional communicator with almost 20 years’ experience reporting, writing and broadcasting across Australia and overseas.
She comes from- and is deeply committed to- regional Australia and its people and has worked tirelessly to bridge the city-country divide through engaging storytelling. Jayne has worked for RuralPress, News Ltd and the ABC. Now running her own media company with her husband Martin, she has a diverse portfolio in freelance writing, public speaking, broadcasting, communications consulting, producing, editing and project management.
Now based back home in rural North Queensland with Martin and their three young children, she’s working on adding ‘cattle producer’ to her already impressive CV.
EPISODE 1 Bryce Camm "All Roads Lead to Beef 21"
“What’s your Beef” launched with episode one featuring Chair of Beef Australia, Bryce Camm. Growing up in North Queensland on “Natal Downs”, Bryce’s extensive personal and professional development has led naturally to this role. Bryce shares some of the great history and new initiatives unveiled on the road to Beef Australia 2021.
EPISODE 2 – Kitty Sheridan "From the Bush to the Beef Industry"
Growing up on a cattle and cropping property in New South Wales, Kitty always wanted to work in the beef industry. Kitty shares her time with Elders at the Charlton feedlot, her career progression and current role as Livestock Strategic Operations Manager for Teys Australia in Naracoorte.
EPISODE 3 – Terry Nolan "An Evolving Industry"
Terry Nolan is seen by many as a legend of the industry and listening to his story, it’s easy to see why. From humble beginnings as a family run butcher in Gympie, Nolan Meats has grown to be an innovative company renowned for quality. Terry shares some great insights into breeding, the development of his business and shares what he is most looking forward to at Beef Australia.
EPISODE 4 – Lucinda Corrigan "Innovation Unpacked"
Wearing many hats, Lucinda has worked in the Australian livestock industry for forty years. Seedstock, Genetics, Producer, Chair – Lucinda is an experienced Jack-of-all-trades and respected, long term member of the agricultural community. Speaking of her passion for the industry, the bush and how her diverse career and innovative approach led to her working with Angus Beef.
EPISODE 5 – Amanda Moohen "The Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program"
Following a long career in the beef industry, Amanda was selected for the inaugural Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program. Amanda speaks of her participation in this “life-changing” program and the foundation it laid for the progression in her career and on her road to Beef Australia 2021.
EPISODE 6 – Tom Acton "Beef Connections Honours Graeme"
As a fifth generation cattle grazier from Central Queensland, Tom Acton explains his family’s association with the Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program. Named in honour of his late father, Tom says the Beef Connections program plays a key role at Beef Australia and to the next generation. Tom also speaks of the Acton family’s involvement and love of campdrafting, and the annual iconic event at Paradise Lagoons.
EPISODE 7 – David McLean "Is Beef Regenerative?"
As a sought after educator, consultant, facilitator and public speaker across Australia, Chair of RCS Australia David McLean explains the balance required in the beef industry to deliver regenerative beef. David speaks of the importance of loving our landscape as much as our livestock and the vital role of storytelling to the beef industry.
EPISODE 8 – Ced Wise "40 Years at the Wrong End of a Cow"
As the name of this episode suggests, bovine veterinarian Ced Wise has made a name for himself specialising in the back end of cattle! He talks about his lifetime involvement in bovine reproduction, embryo transfer and bull fertility. Ced explains how he became involved in the beef industry and takes us right back to where his interest in reproduction began and why he won’t be settling down any time soon!
EPISODE 9 – Lydia Inglis "Outback to your Plate"
Leading hand Lydia Inglis is a Beef 21 Next Generation Committee Member. Lydia spoke of her role at ‘Yarrie Station’ and the property’s ongoing commitment to producing sustainable beef whilst looking after the country; and more recently, the launch of ‘Outback Beef’ online. She also gives us a candid insight into dealing with anxiety in isolation and the crippling effect drought can play on one’s mind.
EPISODE 10 – Jason Childs "Who was the Prince that became a King?
Central Queensland Seedstock producer, Jason Childs is a member of the Beef Australia stud cattle committee is widely recognised for his family’s ongoing advancement of the Droughtmaster breed, and their success in the show and sales rings. Russell Hughes sat down with Jason at the family’s Glenlands Stud just outside of Rockhampton, to uncover some of the history of his family’s 120 years of custodianship of the property, and to learn who was … the Prince that became a King!
EPISODE 11 – Charlie Arnott "The Regenerative Journey"
Charlie Arnott is an eighth generation beef producer, educator, podcaster and regenerative agriculture specialist! Charlie has transformed the pasture of his property near Boorwara in the south-east slopes of New South Wales, delighting his herd of Shorthorn cattle and revolutionising the marketing opportunities of his beef, cropping and sheep enterprises. Charlie talks of the transformation of not just ‘the paddock between his ears’, but his beef, pasture and business. Fun fact: Charlie is one of the few family members who haven’t graced the floors of the family’s famous biscuit factory – but admits it’s hard to go past an orange cream!
EPISODE 12 – Peter Chiesa "From Little Things, Big (Expensive) Things Grow"
Peter Chiesa bought his first cow at age 14. From a long family lineage of butchers, Peter saw the opportunity to be an important part of the production chain and started his own Brahman stud in the lush, green paddocks of Ingham in North Queensland. Peter shares his tips on breaking into the seedstock industry and the opportunities of technology. And, do you know what a $45,000 cow looks like? Peter talks us through what that means on the inside and out!
EPISODE 13 – Angus Lane "The Voice of Queensland"
For over 30 years Angus Lane has been the voice of Queensland’s agricultural shows, the Ekka and of course Beef Australia. His voice is synonymous for Interbreed Grand Parades and he has a true passion for rural Australia – Angus is excited by the future generations and shares the secret to his success behind the microphone (spoiler alert- it’s his wife Vicki!). Angus reminisces about his favourite and hilarious highlights of Beef events, including the time he unexpectedly starred in the Grand Parade.
EPISODE 14 – Elisha Parker "Rules of an Innovator"
Elisha Parker’s association with Beef Australia is long and colourful. As Beef’s Young Ambassador in 2009, she has worked on and led a number of Next Gen committees and is now recruiting high calibre speakers for the 2021 symposium. But it’s her incredible contribution to the Australian beef industry through her online beef marketing platform, several industry group representations and advocacy that is worth noting. Elisha speaks of the need for the Australian beef industry needing to hone their message, running an online business from a telecommunications black spot and her ‘silver bullet’ solution to recruiting and maintaining youth in rural industries.
EPISODE 15 – Lorraine Gordon "Beef Cattle Farming - The Regenerative Journey"
Lorraine Gordon is a carbon farmer and holistic beef cattle trader at Ebor in the New England Tablelands of New South Wales. She’s also Southern Cross University’s director of Strategic Projects and Associate Director for Organics research. She lets host Jayne Cuddihy in on some secrets to time-controlled management plans, holistic grazing and the perfect way to finish steers. Also- her favourite cut of beef will have your mouth watering in seconds!
EPISODE 16 – Julie McDonald "Opportunity, Diversity and Family"
If there was an Olympic event for multi-tasking, Julie McDonald would be in the running. As Chief Financial Officer for McDonald Holdings- one of Australia’s largest integrated family owned and operated beef cattle enterprises, Julie is also a director of several of her own businesses. In this episode, Julie gives host Jayne Cuddihy an incredibly candid insight into how she took up the reins after the tragic loss of her husband Zanda in 2013 and flourished in her own right- both in the boardroom and parenting their four daughters.
EPISODE 17 – Allana Ross "Beyond the farm gate"
The future of the beef industry is in good hands with the youth, passion and professionalism of people like Allana Ross. Recruited by Brisbane based company OBE Organic, Allana spends her time spruiking the company’s brand across the globe and helping to oversee quality control in the processing plants. Join Jayne Cuddihy as she discovers why Allana abandoned a career in journalism to follow her heart into beef.
EPISODE 18 – Charlie Perry "Doing beef business globally"
It’s every industry’s dream to have young and passionate people coming up through the ranks, the beef industry being no exception. Charlie Perry is one of those gems the cattle industry is lucky to have. Charlie left a corportate career in Sydney to manage the family’s Wagyu Stud at Aberfoyle in New South Wales. In the last five years he’s ridden the highs and lows of farming to cement their business in the global marketplace for genetics and seedstock.
EPISODE 19 – Don Menzies "From Bronco Rails to Biometric Tags"
Innovator Don Menzies has observed the beef industry go from bronco rails to biometric tags over the last 30 years. Beginning his career in the Rockhampton CSIRO offices, Don has been part of tremendous change in the use of technology to aide management practices and marketing. Join Jayne Cuddihy as Don reminisces about his various industry roles, challenges and triumphs, including the madatory uptake of NLIS tags and electronic identification- which wasn’t everyone’s cup of tea.
EPISODE 20 – Mark Peart "Driving Agriculture from the Industrial Age to the Digital Age"
If you want to talk Ag Tech, then Mark Peart is your man! He’s the CEO of DIT Technologies, one of Australia’s experts in livestock water supplementation and agricultural technology. But, by his own admission he’s a serial entreupreneur and his passion for making life easier for people living and working on the land is incredible. Listen as he takes host Jayne Cuddihy through some of the recent breakthroughs in Ag Tech in Australia and the enormous potential for a more dynamic beef industry.