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MSD Animal Health is proud to support the award as it provides the winner with priceless mentoring opportunities and exposes them to leaders from across Australia and New Zealand. The award also supports those who are remarkably passionate about improving the industry.

MSD Animal Health Intelligence is the world’s leading animal intelligence group, providing world-class devices for animal identification and traceability.


Allflex Livestock Intelligence (recently acquired as part of the business unit within MSD Animal Health Intelligence) has been a proud sponsor of the award since its inception back in 2014. Allflex celebrated its 65th anniversary in 2020 and is expanding to now have a global footprint. Allflex maintains two production facilities in the ANZ region, in Brisbane Australia, and Palmerston North, New Zealand. The company's core focus is on the identification, traceability and monitoring of livestock to provide producers with data driven, actionable insights.

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Te Mania Angus has joined forces with The Zanda McDonald Award in order to assist them with finding and mentoring outstanding young Australians and New Zealanders in agriculture

For more than 90 years, Te Mania Angus genetics have played a pivotal role in the Angus shift to become the most sought after breed in Australasia, at every level of the beef production chain.  Today Te Mania Angus provides proven genetics to build high quality and profitable breeding herds. Extensive progeny testing and processing feedback confirms that Te Mania Angus genetics consistently outperform breed benchmarks, dominating EBV and the vital Index tables.  

Westpac Australia and Westpac New Zealand are proud to support to the Zanda McDonald Award, which recognises and supports the future leaders in our industry.  Westpac has shared a long and rich association with the rural, remote and regional communities

We are committed to the Australasian agricultural industry and ensuring it is strongly supported and positioned for continued growth into the future.

Our experienced Westpac Agribusiness teams live and work in the community and share our customer’s vision, and together we work closely to achieve great things within the primary sector. Many of our team are farmers themselves, which gives them a unique perspective on all matters related to running a strong and resilient agribusiness.

Westpac Australia and Westpac New Zealand are committed to the long-term prosperity of the agriculture sector, and the Zanda McDonald Award is one example of how we’re helping our future leaders in the sector take their careers to the next level.

To speak to a Westpac agribusiness specialist regarding all things agriculture, be it purchasing rural property, new farm equipment right through to day to day working capital, visit us here for Westpac Australia, and here for Westpac New Zealand.

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MDH Pty Ltd is one of Australia's largest beef cattle operations, unique in the fact that the company is both family owned and operated. The McDonald family represents 6 generations of beef producers and 190 years of experience in Australian agriculture.

With a wide geographical spread of country in Australia's vast Queensland outback, MDH Pty Ltd runs 150,000 head of cattle across 14 properties, encompassing an irrigated farm and the company owned "Wallumba." feedlot on the Western Darling Downs.

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ACM is made up of more than 170 leading rural and regional newspapers and community-based websites. It's bolstered by the representation of over 100 independent titles. Combined they serve millions of people in every state and territory across Australia.


Pilatus has been a proud supporter of the Zanda McDonald Award, the most prestigious award in the agriculture industry, since its inception. Pilatus has an unwavering commitment to manufacturing world class aircraft, and understands the importance of innovation and excellence, much like the values of The Zanda McDonald Award. This award is an aspiration for future generations in agriculture and as a business, we are honoured to provide ongoing support and assistance.

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Land, Agribusiness, Water & Development (LAWD) are delighted to sponsor the prestigious Zanda McDonald Award to support the next generation of leaders in agriculture.  LAWD’s commitment to being part of the evolution of Australian agriculture includes supporting the young people who are creating change within the industry.  

As a company, we see information sharing as vital to agriculture’s continuous improvement and this award provides the perfect platform to do so.  We look forward to playing our part in supporting the initiative into the future.

LAWD is a sophisticated real estate agency & advisory firm, with experts providing market leading transactional services and advice on land, agribusiness, water, and development.  Our fully accredited valuers,  experienced advisors and collaborative market leading team provide a high-quality value-add service with a proven track record both nationally and internationally.

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Australian Agricultural Company (AACo) is Australia’s largest integrated cattle and beef producer and is the oldest continuously operating company in Australia. Established in 1824, AACo now owns and operates a strategic balance of properties, feedlots and farms comprising around 6.4 million hectares of land in Queensland and the Northern Territory, specialising in grain fed beef and Wagyu beef production.


AACo’s focus on reimagining agriculture, valuing nature and thriving communities, our sustainability pillars, align well with the Zanda McDonald Award and its winners, who will be able to use the opportunity to make their mark as future industry leaders. Our Purpose: We’re evolving together to benefit future generations, also makes the Award a natural fit.


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Kerin Agriculture is a business which has been shaped, formed and developed to be in sync with the extremes of climate change. The business is about optimising everything the climate throws at it, with a view to enhancing landscape, people and the balance sheet all at the same time.


The family-run operation at Yeoval, NSW, has a clear focus to turn grass into high value commodities, whether that’s industry-leading Kerin Poll Merino seedstock genetics or beef cattle. The Kerin Agriculture grazing business now covers 4270 hectares, with an average carrying capacity of 36000 DSEs.


At its core is a philosophy of shared goals: for the Kerin family members and staff who work within the business, for those who service the business and for those who work with the business. The overarching ethos is one of a win-win mentality for everyone involved. The goals are clear: to provide maximum returns, but also to offer support and guidance at a farm, local and industry level.


The why behind Kerin Agriculture sponsoring the Zanda McDonald Award is beautifully summed in this quote by Dr Robert Jarvik:

“Leaders are visionaries with a poorly developed sense of fear, and no concept of the odds against them. They make the impossible happen.” 

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