Council


In accordance with ALFA’s Articles of Association, the ALFA Board can comprise a maximum of 15 Councillors who are elected for a 3 year fixed term (after which they have to then stand for re-election if they wish to continue).

Tess Herbert – President

Gundamain Feedlot, Eugowra NSW

Tess became a Director of Gundamain Feedlot in 2002, Coonamble feedlot in 2005 and Ladysmith feedlot in 2010. She joined ALFA as a Director in 2008, became Vice President in 2013, and elected President in 2015.

 

Grant Garey – Vice President

Teys Australia, Brisbane QLD

Grant brings considerable feedlot experience to ALFA. In 2000 Grant was awarded the Young Lot Feedlot Achiever Award, which allowed him to travel to North America on a feedlot study tour. A seven-year tenure at Sandalwood Feedlot equipped Grant with the knowledge and experience to run a successful agribusiness and culminated in his promotion to Operations Manager. In 2002 Grant took up the position of Operations Manager at Jindalee Feedlot owned by Cargill Beef Australia, a role that exposed him to the processing side of the industry. In 2004 Grant took over as Feedlot Manager at Jindalee, a facility with a 17,000 head capacity and is now General Manager, Feedlots for Teys Australia. Grant was elected as an ALFA Councillor in Sept 2005 and was re-elected in April 2012. Grant became Vice President in 2013.

 

Jim Cudmore – Vice President

Agricircle, Reesville QLD

Jim commands over 35 years experience in the Australian cattle industry. He holds a Bachelor of Science (Biochemistry & Microbiology) degree from the University of Queensland (UQ), a Certificate in Rural Management from the Queensland University of Technology (QUT), is a graduate and Fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Program (FARLP) and a member and graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD).

 

Tony Fitzgerald – Vice President

Elders Killara Feedlot, Quirindi NSW

Tony began his career with Stanbroke within the Brahman Bull Breeding division. He went on to manage the agricultural assets of a Japan-based company, a role that encompassed mixed farming, cattle breeding, lotfeeding and beef processing. The company’s vertically integrated high quality beef system was developed by Tony allowing him to gain experience within the international beef marketing sector. During this period he sat on the Board of the Australian Wagyu Association for 5 years, serving as its President for 2 years. In 2010 Tony joined Elders Meat & Livestock Trading feedlot division as Manager of their Killara feedlot at Quirindi. Recently he was appointed to the post of Senior Feedlot Manager. Tony joined ALFA as a Councillor in December 2011. Tony was elected Vice President in 2015.

 

Bryce Camm – Treasurer

Camm Agricultural Group – Bowenville, QLD

Bryce Camm hails from Dalby in Queensland’s Darling Downs region. He earned a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Communications at Bond University and currently oversees the Camm Agricultural Group, an integrated beef enterprise with interests across Queensland. During his time at the helm of the family owned operation, the Wonga Plains Feedlot tripled in size. Bryce was a founding member of the Royal National Agricultural and Industrial Association of Queensland’s Future Directions Committee and chaired this committee from 2007 to 2009. He is the current Treasurer of Beef Australia Limited, the body charged with hosting the industry’s triennial beef expo in Rockhampton. Bryce joined ALFA as a Councillor in August 2011, and was appointed Treasurer in October 2014.

 

Scott Braund – Councillor

Mort & Co – Toowoomba, QLD

Scott started his feedlot industry career with Cargill in 1995 at Jindalee Feedlot. He held various operational positions at Jindalee before being appointed Feedlot Manager in 1999, a post he occupied until 2005. In early 2005 he joined Mort & Co Lot Feeders as Manager, Feedlots and Farming, a post he still holds today. He became an ALFA Councillor in 2001 and was appointed Treasurer in 2006 holding the position until October 2014.

 

Paul Vogt – Councillor

Iranda Beef, Adelaide SA

Paul Vogt is Managing Director of Iranda Beef in Tintinara, South Australia. Paul has a family history in the South Australian Meat and Livestock industry that reaches back over four generations. He began as a trainee livestock buyer with Metro Meat Ltd in 1987 working his way into trading roles and finally starting his own commodities trading business in 1998. At this time he also became involved in the family farming and feedlot operations at Tintinara. Paul was instrumental in the planning, design and construction of the newly created feedlot at Iranda. Paul joined ALFA as a Councillor in 2011.

 

Christopher Fenwicke – Councillor

Whyalla Beef, Texas QLD

Following the completion of his Bachelor degree, Christopher first worked at Hortons feedlot in Colorado US before returning to Australia in 1995 as head stockman for AMH’s Caroona feedlot. He then spent five years as Operations Manager at Myola feedlot and then feedlot manager at ACC’s Brisbane Valley feedlot. Christopher was subsequently promoted to Division Manager of ACC’s two feedlots, a position he held for four years before becoming feedlot manager at Nippon’s Whyalla feedlot in 2006.He has been General Manager and Director of Whyalla beef since 2007 and a Director of ALFA since October 2013.

 

James Palfreeman – Councillor

JBS – QLD

James has been with JBS/ AMH since 2006 and has formerly held senior roles at Hancock farm Company, Whyalla and Rangers Valley. He has a Bachelor of Agriculture Science, Masters in Business Administration and is a fellow of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. James became a Director of ALFA in February 2015.

 

Barb Madden – Councillor

Smithfield Cattle Company – QLD

Barb Madden is the co-owner and Financial Controller for the Smithfield Group, a large multi-faceted family business, operating within the beef cattle lotfeeding, backgrounding, beef exports, logistics and property development and management areas. Barb also has extensive experience in community planning, resourcing and engagement with a particular emphasis on Indigenous communities and relations.

Barb holds a Bachelor of Business, is a graduate of the Australian Rural Leadership Program and a Director of the Australian Rural Leadership Foundation. She is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Barb joined ALFA as a Director in September 2015.

 

Trevor Hinck – Councillor

Kerrigan Valley Feedlot – WA

Trevor Hinck owns and operates the Hinck Family Farm & Feedlot, Kerrigan Valley in Hyden, Western Australia. Trevor is married to wife and business partner Sharon, with 3 boys. The Hinck Family have their own beef brand, Kerrigan Valley Beef. Trevor is a past grain delegate to China and is currently the President of WALFA after serving as Vice President of WALFA for a number of years. Trevor is an active member of his community, being a Business Development Member of Hyden. Trevor became a Director of ALFA in September 2015.

 

Sherrill Stivano – Councillor

Bellevue Feedlot – QLD

Sherrill became a Director of ALFA in September 2015.

 

Tony Batterham – Councillor

Quirindi Feedlot Services – NSW

Tony became a Director of ALFA in September 2015.