Recognition of Rural achievers at the Queen’s Birthday Honour of 2019

Recognition of Rural achievers at the Queen’s Birthday Honour of 2019

An ex-Cattle Council of Australia vice president, a former Queensland Merino Stud Master of the year, the founding president of the Australian Campdraft Association and a prominent WA farm management consultant are among the agricultural sector identities to have been recognised in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours List announced today.

Former Cattle Council of Australia vice president Robert (Bob) Barwell was named as a member (AM) in the general division for significant service to the beef cattle industry and to food biosecurity.

Mr Barwell, from Balala in NSW, has served on many industry committees including the Safemeat Executive Committee, working groups  for residue testing, HGP use and NLIS. He played a prominent role in the development of the CattleCare beef cattle quality assurance system introduced the 1990s.

Highly respected Queensland stud Merino breeder Kenrick Riley was today recognised as a member (AM) in the general division for his extensive service to the livestock industry, and more specifically to the Stud Merino industry, the polocrosse community and the agricultural show movement.

In the mid-1980’s Ken was named the Queensland Merino Stud master of the year.

Ken was also recognised for his extensive contributions over more than five decades to the Blackall Show Society and Central Western Queensland polocrosse community.

A man credited with significant improvements to the productivity of the Western Merino industry, WA farm management consultant, James Robert (Bob) Hall, has been named as a Member (AM) in the General Division for significant service to the wool industry, and to the agricultural sector.

Bob is highly regarded for the role he played in helping to improve productivity in the wool industry, particularly through the adoption of objective measurement.

Richmond-based cattle carter Kevin Thomas (Mick) Pattel has been awarded a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to the livestock transport sector.

Mr Pattel was instrumental in introducing volumetric loading, which reduced the cost of carting cattle by up to 20 per cent, and has been a prominent figure in the community and personally helped hundreds of people through tough times.

Well-known Queensland cattle producer and camp drafter Ashley McKay was also honoured with a Medal (OAM) in the General Division for service to horse sports.

Mr McKay was instrumental in the formation of the Australian Campdraft Association as its founding President in 1972.