CONNECTING MENTORS AND MENTOR PARTNERS
TO GROW FUTURE INDUSTRY LEADERS
Beef Connections was named in honour of the late Graeme Acton, a leading Queensland beef industry figure renowned for supporting young people across the sector, and sharing his extensive experience and knowledge. Graeme also donated his time and expertise to Beef Australia as a board member and Chairman.
The Graeme Acton Beef Connections program is about developing the skills of young people working across all areas of the beef industry by providing training and personal development opportunities, and pairing them with an industry recognised mentor to help them achieve their goals. The inaugural Beef Connections program was introduced at Beef 2015, and due to its immense success, returned in 2018, and will again feature at Beef 2021.
Beef Connections Objectives
- Support the personal and professional development of young people in the Australian Beef industry
- Empower future industry leaders
- Build confidence and enhance self-esteem
- Facilitate networking
Beef Connections Commitment
- Face to Face workshops
- Beef Week 2021 in Rockhampton
- Completion of a Project
- Building relationships between Mentors and Mentor Partners
- Monthly learning and review webinars
The Program Facilitator matches mentors and mentor partners based on their skill set, personality, experience and project needs.
Beef Connections Project
The structured focus of the program will help Mentor Partners to develop their skills through the design, development and implementation of a project that will be beneficial to the growth of the individual in their personal and professional role in the Australian beef industry.
The project outcomes must include:
- Either a commercial, research, sustainable business development or an innovative focus, that has relevance to the support and future prosperity of the Australian beef industry
- Development of the Mentor Partners industry skills
- Personal learning and development
Examples of previous project topics
- Product credibility in the marketplace
- Paddock language interpretation of processor feedback to help production meet specifications
- Establishing the Women of Lot Feeding organisation
- Developing a business model to kick start young people into beef production
- Developing a local beef cooperative
- Rumen health webinar series for producers
- Optimise the management of livestock in pre-export quarantine
- Lean-Meat Yield (LMY) Importance to processors and what it means for the industry
The Beef Connections program is open to young people aged under 35 years of age as at the 1st May 2021 who are working or involved in any aspect of the Australian Beef Industry including production, processing, marketing, or agribusiness.
The Beef Connections program is underway and we look forward to introducing you to our Mentors and Mentor partners soon!