Roma feedlot owner and mother of three Janet Reddan has added another string to her bow – AgForce cattle board director.
Having cut her teeth as branch president for four years and now with her children growing up, Janet, a qualified agronomist, was on the search for something more.
She will fill the role as director of the Southern Inland Queensland region, one of only two female directors, for the next two years.
“I really like to promote agriculture and for me, myself, to promote agriculture to my friends, colleagues and others, I wanted to know where the policy makers were getting ideas from and how policies are made and implemented that affect our every day to day working for our properties,” Janet explained.
“There was also a lack of representation from the feedlot sector on the cattle board and I felt key feedlot issues were not being upheld to the interests of our members.”
The appointment is likely to take Janet away from her family – husband Don, who runs the family’s 1000-head Lookout Feedlot near Roma, and children Clayton, 7, Patrick, 5 and Katie, 3, – from time to time, but Janet said the couple felt it was a worthwhile commitment.
The couple have built up the feedlot on a 2832-hectare family property, part of Don’s family’s holdings, outside Roma, where they run a Santa Getrudis herd.
Don and Janet recently purchased their own property, a neighbouring 3035 hectare parcel of land.
“We see the appointment as a step forward for both of us that could deliver extra ideas and possibilities and networking opportunities,” Janet said.
“As well as me contributing from our own experiences and any implications that may be in future government policies that we could have our say on, directly.
“There is a lot to be gained for my business as well as the industry.
“Being able to liaise with other sections of industry and networking for our business and as a young person is absolutely vital.
“It gives gives me a first hand look at what research and development is happening and an opportunity to actively participate in education and training.”
It’s clear Janet, 33, will give to her new role with the same passion and hard work she has in helping the family establish the feedlot.
“It's relentless but the gains have been well worth it,” Janet said.
“It set us up. We not only have been able to trade cattle but with our own cattle throughput as well. The feedlot has enabled us to turn off our cattle at a young age.
"Most of our cattle are bred on the breeder property and steers grown out on oats. They are put in the feedlot and sold direct to meatworks as milk tooth Jap Ox Bullocks by 18 months of age.
“We work hard, you can’t achieve anything in life without working hard.
“I strongly recommend people actively participate, be proactive, show your industry support –through that you can learn, understand and prepare a world ahead. I have so much to learn, but I have the enthusiasm and energy to put into it.”