2015 Award Winner
Emma Black, a Beef Extension Officer from Western Queensland took out the inaugural Zanda McDonald Award in 2015. Emma is from Colanya Station near Longreach and works for the Queensland Department of Agriculture..
Black has a diverse range of agricultural experience, including animal nutrition consulting, beef production systems, grazing land management, meat science, innovation and new technologies, and analysis of beef performance.
Contribution to the industry has been a key focus for Black, having developed an agricultural science program at her local school, spending seven years on the committee for the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging program, and coaching the Australian National Meat Judging team for four years. She has also been recognised for her contribution to the industry, by receiving a UNE Young Distinguished Alumni Award, and being listed as one of the 100 most influential women in Australian agribusiness.
Winning the award opened a number of doors for Black, by way of professional development and career opportunities. “The Zanda McDonald Award provided an incredible opportunity for me through a tailored mentoring program. This allowed me to be mentored by some of the most successful, innovative, knowledgeable and well respected people in the Australian and NZ agriculture industries. While the mentoring program was for 12 months, the networking and mentoring is now ongoing with the PPP Group, which provides me with a comfortable environment to learn, to discuss future ideas, challenge my thoughts and develop my career moving forward.” she said.
Black is passionate about paying it forward, by mentoring the next generation of young producers. She is particularly motivated by those who share her love of agriculture, and working in the field.
Since winning the award, Black has studied a Graduate Certificate in Agribusiness, and has some exciting opportunities on the horizon. Emma has a young son, Corey.
In 2020, Emma and Shannon Speight (2019 joint award winner) launched Black Box Co. a new cloud-based data collections service that could establish genomic beef predictions and improve on-farm productivity. Head to latest news to see what it's all about.