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Zanda McDonald was a prominent identity in the Australian beef and livestock industry and was proud to be a farmer who worked tirelessly to encourage young people to work in the industry that he loved. He died in April 2013 at the age of 41, following a tragic accident on his Queensland cattle property.

Zanda was a founding member of a trans-Tasman agricultural networking group, which was formed in 2005 and comprised a handful of like-minded farmers who came together to spin yarns and solve a few industry problems. As part of his role in the group, Zanda led a number of initiatives to promote his industry to the next generation. 


In 2014, in honour of Zanda, the networking group led by Shane McManaway launched The Zanda McDonald Award.

The group, now known as the Zanda Mentoring Group (ZMG), has evolved into a collective of over 150 of Australasia's top rural leaders. 


This impressive network of top industry mentors throughout Australasia is accessible to award finalists and winners.

The Award recognises young people working in the primary industry sectors in New Zealand and Australia and supports their future career development. 

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