SALRC was excited to announce the 2020 Award recipients across the southern Australian livestock industries at the Awards and virtual drinks session last Wednesday 23rd September following the session one of the Livestock 2020 Conference. The awards were developed to recognise, reward and celebrate excellence in the contributions of individuals to research, development, extension, communication and practical application of innovation on farm, to improve the profitability, productivity and sustainability of the Southern Australian red meat and livestock industries.

The SALRC 2020 Award recipients included:

Producer 2020 Award: Jenny O’Sullivan (Livestock Producer, Gippsland)

Scientist / Researcher 2020 Award: Andrew Thompson (Associate Professor, Murdoch University)

Communication / Extension 2020 Award: Geoff Casburn (Livestock Development Officer, NSW DPI)

Young Achiever 2020 Award: Benjamin Holman (Research Scientist, NSW DPI)

In announcing these award recipients, SALRC Chair, Ian Rogan said that “innovation and excellence should be recognised and rewarded in our livestock industries. The successful future of our sheep and beef industries depends on the research, development and commercial adoption of best practice and new knowledge and products. Whether it be in better pastures, improved genetics and management of our stock, meeting market expectations in environmental impacts, animal welfare and product quality-there are opportunities for ongoing improvements in all these areas. SALRC aims to support and recognise those at the researcher, advisor and producer levels that are taking the lead in progressing these aspects of our industries”.

A copy of the press release, including comments from Award recipients, is included below for download.

SALRC would like to thank all nominees and will continue to identify and will recognise outstanding contributors to the red meat and livestock industries in future.