Annie Pumpa says her work ethic helped her overcome obstacles | border mail

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To mark the end of International Women’s Week, The Border Mail shines the spotlight on a young woman from Riverina whose hard work and passion helped her forge a career in the male-dominated agricultural industry. Growing up on a farm near Culcairn, Table Top’s Annie Pumpa created employment and learning opportunities for pigs, sheep and now, her ultimate passion, beef. “I was raised on the moral that if you have the passion and drive to do something, just put your all in and do it, and you’ll see opportunities and different avenues of networking open up for you. you,” she said. IN OTHER NEWS: His working philosophy paid off. In early 2020, Ms Pumpa landed a position as head of beef sales and supply chain at ABS Global Australia, a company she said has a 42% market share in Australia, operates in 80 countries worldwide and is the leading reseller. genetics in the world. “I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the best breeders in the industry across the country, here in Australia and New Zealand,” she said. According to 2016 census data, only about a third of Australia’s agricultural workforce is female, but Ms Pumpa said her gender was not a barrier. “Age was a barrier, but I think my customer service and willingness to learn definitely overcame that,” she said. “I came to this global company at the age of 21 and I guess I’m breaking down a lot of the stigmas or barriers of being a youngster in the industry and having such a prestigious position.” Ms Pumpa said it was not unusual for women to hold senior positions in agriculture and she encouraged more young people to get involved in the industry. “There are different roles in the high-level red meat supply chain that women are involved in and I strongly recommend that young people, and women in particular, get involved in the red meat industry by because of the opportunities,” she said. Our reporters work hard to provide local, up-to-date news to the community. Here’s how you can continue to access our trusted content:


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