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​A trans-Tasman award that recognises and supports future leaders

The Award was founded in 2014 in honour of the late Zanda McDonald. 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.

The impressive prize package includes:

  • A tailored mentoring trip across Australia and New Zealand.


  • Up to $10,000 towards a professional development course or further education, to support your career path


  • An all-expenses paid trip to the Zanda McDonald Award Impact Summit. This invitation-only event brings together 150 of the best and brightest minds in agriculture.


  • An invite to become part Zanda McDonald Award Alumni, where you’ll have ongoing access to events, activities and personal development opportunities

Our vision for our finalists and winners

Learn. Network. Experience. Grow.

  • Learn – from successful leaders and peers

  • Network - with the best in trans-Tasman agriculture

  • Experience – first-hand through a tailored mentoring programme

  • Grow – your capabilities, for personal and professional development

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I'm really looking forward to spending time with Australasia's top ag leaders



Learning, networking, experiencing, growing



An absolute life 

changing 10 days

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