Beale is a rising champion

IN THE RUNNING: James Beale has been announced as the NT finalist in a major livestock award. Picture: supplied.
IN THE RUNNING: James Beale has been announced as the NT finalist in a major livestock award. Picture: supplied.

Katherine’s James Beale is the NT finalist for a major cattle industry award.

Mr Beale is in the running for the 2017 NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Industry Champion.

James Beale rubbed shoulders with beef industry leaders and politicians at an intensive two day personal performance workshop in Canberra this week.

James enjoyed networking opportunities and meetings at Parliament House as a part of his Rising Champion experience, as well as honing his leadership skills in a workshop with NAB Regional Agribusiness Manager Olivia McFarlane.

Now in its seventh year, the Rising Champion Initiative aims to inspire, empower and support 21-35 year olds who are passionate about the Australian beef industry.

The winner will be announced in November in Alice Springs.

Mr Beale manages Bunda/Kirkimbie Station for Consolidated Pastoral Company near Katherine.

In this role, he is involved with all aspects of the commercial herd, stud herd and horse stud management.

James grew up on a cattle and sheep property at Roma, in south west Queensland, before joining CPC as a jackeroo and working his way up the ranks.

Cattle Council of Australia today announced the state and territory finalists.

The 2017 finalists are:

  •  Kylie Stretton, Charters Towers, Queensland
  •  Shaun Byrnes, Cunderdin, Western Australia
  •  Aaron Brown, Wattle Bank, Victoria
  •  Darcy Nicklason, Pyengana, Tasmania
  •  Tom Heggaton, Galong, New South Wales
  •  James Beale, Katherine, Northern Territory
  •  James Pitchford, Keith, South Australia

CCA acting CEO Margo Andrae, said that the Rising Champions program is about helping the next generation of beef industry leaders to step up.

“It is vitally important that the cattle producers and industry leaders of tomorrow have the opportunity to provide input into the direction of their industry today,” Ms Andrae said.

“We are very pleased to be giving young people who are passionate about the Australian beef industry exposure to current industry leaders and the chance to develop leadership skills to take them to the next level.”