Mark has over 20 years experience in corporate agribusiness management, particularly cattle and farming operations
Mark has held a number of senior positions in corporate agriculture throughout his career, beginning as a Livestock Marketing Manager with Colonial Agricultural Company, before progressing to the roles of Station Manager and General Manager for seven years. During his time with Colonial, he gained expertise in:
- Overseeing the day-to-day management of eight cattle stations of 5,500 to 1,000,000 hectares, including 130,000 head of cattle, plus leased property and custom feedlotting
- Station development and maintenance
- Cropping programmes (chiefly regarding forage crops, improved pasture, and cereals)
- Business planning and budgeting
- Environmental management
- Livestock marketing, production, and breeding strategies
- Asset management
Major recent projects
Mark has been actively involved in a number of matters for Ferrier Hodgson, including:
- Keen Gea Station - 45,000-acre, 9,000-head beef breeding enterprise, southwest of Charters Towers, Queensland.
- Walkcege Station - 35,000-acre cattle station, northwest of Hughenden, Queensland.
- Confidential - review of a diverse beef, sheep, fruit, cotton and grain-farming enterprise across eight properties from South East Queensland to the Murray Darling Basin.
- Confidential – review of a 10,000-head feedlot and 2,000-head dairy in South East Queensland, involving operational and financial restructuring and ongoing production monitoring.
- Mark also acts as a consultant in land acquisition for resource and infrastructure projects, including compensation and lease management of rural property, in his capacity as a director of Lane Infrastructure.
Mark is well regarded within the Australian agricultural industry for his management ability in agriculture, with particular technical skills in the optimisation of beef and crop production and maximising returns from sale of assets.