Meat Business Women scholarship winners

Sheep Producers Australia has announced the three scholarship winners who will attend the inaugural Meat Business Women Networking event run by the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) and Meat Business Women (MBW).

Olivia Agar, Joanna Treasure and Belinda Lay will join SPA Industry Leadership Manager Melissa Neal on Wednesday 3 April at the Park Royal, Melbourne Airport, for the event.

The SPA Leadersheep Network provides opportunities to develop, connect and contribute. The MBW event will be the first of its kind in Australia, bringing together women from across the meat supply chain including processors, wholesalers, retailers and smallgoods manufacturers to help future proof the meat industry.

MBW targets women working within the post farm-gate meat supply chain with three key objectives:

  • Develop the image, culture and landscape of the meat industry to make it more attractive to female talent
  • Nurture new female entrants into the sector through networking, education and mentoring
  • Improve networking skills

SPA and The Leadersheep Network are proud to offer this opportunity to support and build female leadership capability for the industry.

Meet the winners

Olivia Agar, Ballarat, Vic Olivia Agar

Olivia Agar is a market analyst and project coordinator at Mecardo, working across sheep, cattle, grains and fibre sectors. She has been involved in large consultancy projects for the sheepmeat sector, coordinating research that has been used for industry and policy development, including analysis of the WA live sheep export trade for WA Farmers Federation.

Prior to this, Olivia worked in various roles within the agriculture supply and marketing industry. Though not from a rural or farming background, she chose to study Science in Agriculture, recognising the exciting and diverse opportunities to play a part in the development of the industry and the attraction of working in a community that is so driven by passion.

Olivia will apply knowledge and connections gained from this event to future consultancy and industry policies and projects for the sheep meat sector.


Joanna Treasure, Cowra, NSW

Joanna TreasureJoanna is a fifth-generation prime lamb producer running a mixed enterprise family farm with her father, as well as working on a large Angus beef cattle property. Joanna is passionate about quality assurance, humane stock treatment and a genetically superior product. She aims to increase the profitability of the family business by keeping up to date with new developments in in agricultural research and technology.

Joanna is currently the NSW Farmers Young Farmer Representative for Biosecurity. She is conducting a series of interviews in which various members of the agricultural community, such as livestock haulage companies, lamb growers and fodder wholesalers outline the importance of biosecurity in their business model, in order to raise industry awareness for the dangers present in carting and importing stock and fodder during the drought.

Joanna is a passionate supporter of women in agriculture and is excited to be attending the inaugural MBW Networking Event.


Belinda Lay, Esperance, WA Belinda Lay

Belinda has been farming in the Esperance Port Zone for more than 20 years and runs a mixed farm enterprise with her husband and family. Belinda has always enjoyed experimenting and implementing innovative ideas on the farm, recently studying the benefits of Internet of Things (IoT) technology for the livestock industry which included a trial of sheep collars and how the data collected can be used.

Her aspirations are to change the way livestock and technology is viewed, which has mainly concentrated around manual handling. Belinda nominated the project into the AgriFutures Rural Women’s Award and was announced the 2019 winner of the WA award. She is in the process of creating a website to go with on-farm trial research to educate the general public about life on the farm, the process of running the trial and to give insight to the technologies.

Belinda understands the power of a network and is eager to connect and communicate with other women in the supply chain to broaden her knowledge and perspective

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