Rabobank has appointed a new senior animal proteins analyst, Angus Gidley-Baird, to cover the sheep and beef sectors in its Australia and New Zealand Food & Agribusiness Research and Advisory division.
The appointment brings a great depth of agricultural knowledge to the team as well as mainstream political and economic policy awareness, says the division’s general manager Luke Chandler.
“The animal proteins sector is an industry with a very exciting future given the increasing emerging market demand and the uplift of exports to key regions. Angus will be working with our global team of analysts to bring this world-wide expertise to Rabobank’s local Australian and New Zealand clients.”
Gidley-Baird previously held roles with the New South Wales Farmers Association, including policy director for economics and livestock, giving him a wide exposure to Australian farming operations and issues impacting rural industries. He holds an honours degree agricultural economics from the University of Sydney, with majors in agricultural economics and marketing, as well as a masters in accounting from Curtin University in Western Australia.
“There is a lot happening in the New Zealand and Australian sheep and beef sectors at present – I think there are some big opportunities, but also challenges,” he says. “It’s certainly not a time to be resting on our laurels but rather, as an industry, it’s a time to collaborate and work on fulfilling our production and export potential to supply quality products into key regions demanding our produce.”