Gongs shine light on future of ag

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Harvey Beef livestock buyer Jonathon Green, Challenge president Jarrod Carroll, outgoing Challenge co-ordinator Sheena Smith and Harvey Beef livestock buyer Campbell Nettleton.
Camera IconHarvey Beef livestock buyer Jonathon Green, Challenge president Jarrod Carroll, outgoing Challenge co-ordinator Sheena Smith and Harvey Beef livestock buyer Campbell Nettleton. Credit: Countryman

A crowd of 185 beef producers and industry stakeholders gathered for the seventh annual Harvey Beef Gate 2 Plate Challenge awards gala held at Albany’s Centennial Function Centre last Friday.

Challenge president Jarrod Carroll congratulated all competitors in the 62 teams of cattle that were inducted in January at the Mt Barker Regional Saleyards, allowing for a day of viewing and sponsor displays.

He highlighted the field day and Schools Challenge in March at Willyung Farms’ feedlot, in Albany, that focused on the future of agriculture and how students gained an essential interaction with industry.

Mr Carroll said the alliances and trust with sponsors and the volunteers to organise Challenge events had strengthened WA’s beef industry.

MC Erica Henderson announced the winners by category during a three-course meal with the overall highest points award won by the Pugh family, of Summit Gelbvieh, in Narrikup. Challenge outgoing co-ordinator Sheena Smith was recognised for her outstanding contribution since the event began in 2015.

Mrs Smith said the highlights included bringing the industry and producers together in one room for productive discussions.

“I was also very passionate about the Schools Challenge — it’s wonderful to see these young students engage with industry, with some graduates gaining employment in the agriculture sector,” she said.

Travis and Clare King, of Narrikup, Summit Gelbvieh stud co-principal John Pugh, of Narrikup, and Alexandra Pugh Riggall, of Narrikup.
Camera IconTravis and Clare King, of Narrikup, Summit Gelbvieh stud co-principal John Pugh, of Narrikup, and Alexandra Pugh Riggall, of Narrikup. Credit: Countyrman
Koojan Hills Angus stud co-principal Chris Metcalfe, of Manypeaks, with his partner Lauren Waller and parents Christine and Richard Metcalfe.
Camera IconKoojan Hills Angus stud co-principal Chris Metcalfe, of Manypeaks, with his partner Lauren Waller and parents Christine and Richard Metcalfe. Credit: Countryman
Challenge participants Libby Miell and her parents John and Wendy Miell, of Narrikup.
Camera IconChallenge participants Libby Miell and her parents John and Wendy Miell, of Narrikup. Credit: Countryman
Challenge sponsors Angela and Ken Zambonetti, of Albany.
Camera IconChallenge sponsors Angela and Ken Zambonetti, of Albany. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Pardelup Prison Farm officer Tristen King, superintendent Jodi Miller and farm officer Lyndon Wilkins.
Camera IconPardelup Prison Farm officer Tristen King, superintendent Jodi Miller and farm officer Lyndon Wilkins. Credit: Countryman
Haylee Pitts, of Narrikup and Harvest Road pastoral hand Robert Smith.
Camera IconHaylee Pitts, of Narrikup and Harvest Road pastoral hand Robert Smith. Credit: Countryman
Liz Cosh and Challenge committee member Trevor Cosh, Meat and Livestock Australia group manager David Beatty, and veterinarian Jim Darmody.
Camera IconLiz Cosh and Challenge committee member Trevor Cosh, Meat and Livestock Australia group manager David Beatty, and veterinarian Jim Darmody. Credit: Countryman
Darryl Avery, of Nannup, and his nephew Jaydon Brunke.
Camera IconDarryl Avery, of Nannup, and his nephew Jaydon Brunke. Credit: Countryman
Unison Limousin stud co-principals Kevin and Sue Nettleton, of Boyanup, who were last year's overall winners.
Camera IconUnison Limousin stud co-principals Kevin and Sue Nettleton, of Boyanup, who were last year's overall winners. Credit: Countryman
Harvest Road and Harvey Beef staff included Brad Fairbrass, Jonathon Green, Campbell Nettleton, Jodi Seaton, Scott Strachan, Adele Martin, Kira Chatley and Jessica May.
Camera IconHarvest Road and Harvey Beef staff included Brad Fairbrass, Jonathon Green, Campbell Nettleton, Jodi Seaton, Scott Strachan, Adele Martin, Kira Chatley and Jessica May. Credit: Bob Garnant/Countryman, Bob Garnant
Bev Giudici, of Donnybrook, her son Brendon Giudici, with Ivan and Shannon Gerovich, of Albany.
Camera IconBev Giudici, of Donnybrook, her son Brendon Giudici, with Ivan and Shannon Gerovich, of Albany. Credit: Countryman

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