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The award is so lucky to have the support of such incredible businesses, and we cannot succeed without the generosity of their support.



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 confirm that Te Mania Angus genetics consistently outperform breed benchmarks, dominating EBV and the vital $Index tables.

Westpac Australia is proud to support 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 and is 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 is 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 

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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 Agriculture is Australia’s leading independent regional and rural media business. Our flagship mastheads and related websites include The Land, Queensland Country Life, Farm Weekly, Stock Journal, Stock & Land and Australia's oldest rural weekly - the North Queensland Register.


While our newspapers have been part of rural Australian households for over 100 years, our business is evolving to provide our readers with an array of digital platforms such as news apps and digital print editions. In addition to keeping our rural and regional readers engaged and informed, our business employs more than 70 journalists across Australia. The majority of our journalists work and live on farms or in the rural communities they are advocating for. We are fiercely proud of our rural and regional roots and remain committed to serving these communities and agricultural industries


Pilatus has been a supporter of the Zanda McDonald Award since its inception.  We are proud to be associated with the PPP and to be a contributor to the Zanda McDonald Award; the most prestigious award in the agriculture industry.  Pilatus’ commitment to manufacturing world class aircraft is echoed by the commitment that the PPP place in ensuring the future leaders of the Agriculture industry are recognised in their respective fields throughout both Australia and New Zealand. 


Pilatus understands that the need for innovation and excellence are relevant not only in aircraft manufacturing but are likewise virtues that all of the Zanda McDonald Award winners hold.  The Zanda McDonald Award is an aspiration for future generations in agriculture and it is an honour to be associated with  the Zanda McDonald Award.

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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.

To find out more visit the LAWD website here

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Meat & Livestock Australia (MLA) aims to foster the long-term prosperity of the Australian red meat and livestock industry by investing in research, development and marketing activities.


As part of our commitment to developing the future leaders of the red meat and livestock industry, MLA is proud to support the Zanda McDonald Award and its recipients. Investing in young agri-leaders forms a key part of MLA's innovation and capability-building program, as well as our investment in industry sustainability and advocacy. For more information about MLA, click here


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, which also makes the Award a natural fit.


To find out more, click here

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Similar to Zanda McDonald’s principle, at the core of everything Property Brokers does is an unwavering commitment to make a difference to the rural communities we serve. A family business built over the past 30 years, provincial New Zealand is the place Property Brokers thrives, where relationships and trust count for everything. Property Brokers is passionate about rural real estate, the NZ agricultural sector and is proud to sponsor the career development of future rural leaders.

Click here to find out more about Property Brokers, New Zealand's Provincial Real Estate Agency.


AAM is a large-scale, wholly Australian-owned operator and provider of strategic investment, asset management and operational management services to Australia’s agricultural industry. This is all underpinned by a core focus in promoting investment that contributes to a positive and sustainable Australian agricultural industry.


At the heart of the AAM business is a steadfast belief in the strength and long-term performance of Australian agriculture, and a commitment to promoting change-making investments in the industry. One such commitment is through their support of the Zanda McDonald Award. AAMs support helps the Award deliver life-changing opportunities for future leaders in agriculture, which in turn also benefits the industry at large.

To find out more about AAM Investment Group click here 

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.” 

To find out more about Kerin Agriculture click here

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From humble beginnings as a meat packing facility in Huntington, England, Hilton Foods has blossomed into a trusted partner to hundreds of supermarkets throughout UK, Europe, Australia and New Zealand. The company has diversified from exclusively traditional red meat products to an expansive portfolio including seafood, pre-cooked meals, poultry, alternate protein and technology platforms.

In Australia, Hilton operate three facilities in Western Australia, Victoria and Queensland supplying case ready protein from the west coast to the east coast of Australia to in excess of 1000 Woolworths stores nationally.

In July 2021, Hilton opened a $100M purpose built highly automated Food Park in Auckland servicing meat, poultry and seafood for Countdown stores.

We are delighted to participate and spons
or the Zanda McDonald award and look forward to the opportunity to share with participants Hilton’s knowledge and expertise in operating world leading sophisticated, highly automated, sustainable and innovative manufacturing & warehouse facilities.


To learn more about Hilton Foods click here

Greenstock is a standalone, integrated multi-channel beef, pork, and lamb business within Woolworths Group, consolidating livestock procurement, primary and secondary processing, planning, and channel management.  

Greenstock combines deep industry expertise with advanced analytics to deliver high-quality and sustainable red meat to Woolworths’ existing and new sales channels in Retail, Foodservices, and International. Greenstock focuses on responsible livestock sourcing, animal welfare, sustainability, quality, and fresh thinking for their multi-species supply chain and promotes responsible production to benefit people, communities, and the planet. 

The Managing Director of Greenstock is Anna Speer. Anna has extensive experience in the meat industry having previously been the Chief Operating Officer at the Australian Agricultural Company where she reshaped and optimised the supply chain, implemented the company’s first sustainability strategy, and led the team to strong growth through several challenging seasons and difficult trading periods.  

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Shepherdess is a social-impact initiative, documenting the things that matter to communities across provincial Aotearoa. Their storytelling takes multiple forms: a beautifully crafted quarterly print publication, Shepherdess - Nā te wahine, mō te whenua, from the women for the land; a television series; and digital and community storytelling projects. Their sharing of stories has fostered a community.


Founded by Kristy McGregor, an Australian who moved to live on her partner’s fifth generation family farm in New Zealand ten years ago, Kristy could see there was an opportunity to connect rural folks and build community through the sharing the people stories.


Shepherdess is proud to come on board as a media partner for the Zanda McDonald Award, recognising the value of growing leadership in the primary sector and the importance of sharing stories that will inspire future leaders.


To learn more about Shepherdess, click here

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