24 July, 2020
Beef's brilliant future with high achieving Mort & Co women
Lot Feeding Specialists Mort & Co have this week proudly announced that not one, but two of their young team members were selected to take part in the prestigious Graeme Acton Beef Connections Program. Mort & Co Livestock Buyer and Logistics Coordinator Caitlyn Barton, 23, Toowoomba, and Grassdale Feedlot Operations Trainee Caitlin Obst, 22, Dalby, were two of only 10 people selected for the distinguished 2021 cohort.
Mort & Co People, Culture and Safety Manager Lauren McNally said the achievements were a credit to the women.
“It’s wonderful news for both Caitlyn Barton and Caitlin Obst, rewarding their drive and passion for this industry.
“To see people from Mort & Co pursuing avenues of development that appeal to them is extremely positive.”
Beef Connections was named in recognition of leading Queensland beef industry figure, the late Graeme Acton, who was renowned for supporting young people across the sector and sharing his extensive experience and knowledge.
The program is invested in developing the skills of agriculture's young guns by providing training and personal development opportunities. Running for fifteen months, candidates accepted into the program will be paired with an industry recognised mentor to propose and develop a project of their choosing.
Ms Obst said she was delighted to be accepted into the program.
“You never really know if you should put in for these types of things" Ms Obst said.
"I felt I probably didn't have the same level of experience as others. But, I am so glad I did and I'm thrilled to have been selected."
Ms Obst has devoted most of her time to the operational side of the business, after initially joining Mort & Co as part of the Feedlot Livestock Team at Grassdale. Ms Obst then progressed to a Leading Hand role before being accepted into the Mort & Co Graduate Program. Currently occupying the position of Feedlot Operations Trainee, Ms Obst receives accelerated learning and exposure to all facets of the feedlot environment.
Such has been her impact at Grassdale that Ms Obst received peer recognition through the Mort & Co Grassdale High Performance Team Awards, named the person who best displayed the values of the business in 2019.
Ms Barton welcomed the opportunity provided by the Beef Connections Program.
"For Caitlin and I, this presents another incredible opportunity to continue our personal and professional development, while simultaneously contributing to the betterment of the industry”.
Ms Barton commenced her career with Mort & Co as a Graduate Trainee Manager, before progressing to the Feeding & Milling team at Grassdale Feedlot. After her successful stint in the mill, Ms Barton entered into a traineeship in Livestock before graduating to the Mort & Co Livestock team.
In her new role as Livestock Buyer and Logistics Coordinator, Ms Barton is responsible for livestock buying, logistics and cattle exist across all Mort & Co sites.
Both Ms Obst and Ms Barton agreed the pathways provided to them by Mort & Co had undoubtedly helped in their progression.
"I'm so thankful that I've been given such great career progression opportunities" Ms Obst said. "Looking back to where I started in the Feedlot Livestock Team, and to my current role as a Feedlot Operations Trainee, I have been provided a variety of opportunities that I didn't even know existed."
"Mort & Co is incredibly supportive of anyone wanting to further themselves" Ms Barton said.
"They realise the development of team members will ultimately deliver benefits to the business, so they have always encouraged us to throw our hats into the ring when opportunities arise.
"Being part of a company with that kind of attitude certainly gives you confidence”.