We caught up with former Angus Youth member Jeremy Cooper to see what he is up to now, and how Angus Youth affected his development in the industry.
Make sure you check out the gallery of where are they now images featuring the former Angus Youth members featured in the bulletin series so far!
What is your earliest memory participating in Angus Youth activities?
My first Roundup was 1994 in Holbrook, NSW. My ute broke down on the way home!
What activity/event stands out to you the most (eg Roundup, leadership clinic, scholarships etc)?
I was part of a group that reinvented the wheel for Angus Youth Development, laying the foundations for where the youth movement find themselves today. Being involved in that process with Graham Truscott the CEO at the time, gave my first real insight to corporate governance. Graham has remained a close friend and mentor to me in his life after Angus, I have worked with him on other projects in his role as a consultant.
In terms of opportunities that you received for being part of Angus Youth, how did your involvement positively influence your development in the beef cattle industry?
Absolutely Angus Youth has had an enormous role in my career. Michigan State University (MSU) has been a huge part of my life. It was here I was introduced to Dr Harlan Ritchie who had a very strong influence on my direction. I worked with Harlan on projects both here and in the USA post my time at MSU. Harlan has been one of my biggest influencers.
What were the key learnings you developed as a member of Angus Youth, through the program?
There is no I in team!
How are you involved in the beef cattle industry now/where are you now?
I operate Circle8bulls with my wife. We breed Angus bulls and F1 terminal Wagyu bulls, located in Southern NSW. I also have a consultancy role in several supply chains, which are FB Wagyu and F1 Wagyu specific.
Why would you encourage others to become involved in the Angus Youth Program?
Likeminded people should engage with likeminded people. So, if you’re a rural kid who has an interest in livestock and forming lifelong associations, give it a crack! It’s the entry point to a plethora of opportunities.
Feature Image: Carmen & Jeremy Cooper – Circle8 Angus
Jeremy Cooper, 1996