For the second year in a row a Western Australian has been named the Cattle Council of Australia's annual NAB Agribusiness Rising Beef Champion.

Blythe Calnan from the Pilbara has spent her career working on cattle stations and in the Middle East as an animal welfare and handling consultant.

Ms Calnan credits her passion for the industry as the reason why she was successful.

"I think my drive and experience is perhaps what got me over the line and I'm also not backwards about coming forwards."

Ms Calnan, one of seven WA finalists, has been in Canberra this week with finalists from all over Australia discussing their ideas.

"My ideas are mainly based around having so much practical experience on the ground in my region, which is the Middle East.

"The streamlining of ESCAS (export animal welfare supply chain system) is a priority for me and I think a priority for the industry as well."

During the trip finalists participated in workshops and meetings with people ranging from government ministers to the CEO of a major fast food chain.

One of Ms Calnan's highlights of the trip was her discussions with the Federal Minister for Agriculture Barnaby Joyce about the ESCAS system.

"He did a double take when I said where I came from and what I did and he was very interested in what I had to say.

"He asked me to submit a one page paper on what I thought should be done and how I thought it should be done."

Ms Calnan will head to the Five Nations Beef Alliance Conference in Texas next year with her visions for the industry.

 

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