Open to a student who meets the College entry requirements and is enrolled or intending to enrol in Year 1 of the Agriculture or Agribusiness Programs. 

Closing date 29 July 2024 (5pm AEST)
Interview date Week beginning 2 September 2024
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Smithfield Cattle Company is a specialist beef cattle, lot feeding business, tracing back to 1928 when Alf Smith opened his first butcher shop in South East QLD. Today the company continues to remain within the family, with properties in regional QLD (South Burnett and Goondiwindi regions). 


The operations include two feedlots that are run from two properties (Smithfield and Saphire) which turn off circa 80,000 head of cattle each year.  

The balance of the land at Smithfield on which the feedlot sits is used for cattle backgrounding. 

In addition to the feedlot operation at the Saphire property, it is used for irrigated and dryland cropping and cattle backgrounding.   


Smithfield Cattle Company is pleased to partner with Marcus Oldham College. Its wishes are to encourage and support young men and women who are keen to develop their career in the Australian Beef Industry. 


Students will be required to participate in the following activity, over the duration of their first year of study. 

  • Two-week placement on farm to meet our team, with travel and accommodation paid during the recipient’s first week of study. 

This incentive will be discussed on a case-by-case basis and dependent on availability within the Smithfield Cattle Company at the time. 

The successful applicant must demonstrate: 

  • A passion in agriculture or agribusiness. 
  • Willing to listen to viewpoints of others. 
  1. What are the main challenges faced by Australian cattle feedlots in terms of sustainability and animal welfare? 
  1. What factors influenced your decision to pursue a career in Australian agriculture, and what specific objectives do you have for your career within this industry?
How to Apply