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Northern Territory cattle vet named 2024 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador

Specialist cattle veterinarian Charles Vaughan has been recognised for his leadership in the beef industry being named 2024 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassadorat Beef 2024.

Dr Vaughan, 30, from Darwin in the Northern Territory, was presented with the award in front of more than 700 guests at the Rabobank Beef Industry Awards Dinner at Beef 2024 in Rockhampton last night.

The award – which is presented every three years at the Beef Australia event, the nation’s largest beef expo – recognises young, forward-thinking and high-achieving people working in the beef sector. Among those in attendance at the dinner were Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and Federal Minister for Agriculture Murray Watt.

Presenting the award, Rabobank Australia CEO Mark Wiessing said Charles Vaughan’s leadership and vision extended beyond his own animal health business (Charles Vaughan Veterinary Services) servicing the pastoral and export sectors across northern Australia, and included his role at Australian Cattle Enterprises (ACE), an integrated cattle company based in Darwin, as well as biosecurity projects undertaken in South East Asia.

“Successfully managing multiple roles across a large and geographically-challenging area shows how proactive and effective Charles is as a leader,” said Wiessing.

“And considering his impressive track record so far, it will be fascinating to witness his journey into the future.”

Recognising the important role and contribution of young, up-and-coming people in the beef industry, Mr Wiessing said Dr Vaughan was also fast becoming a strong industry advocate – in 2023 representing the Northern Territory Live Exporters Association in Vietnam at the Australian Beef Cattle Symposium.

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