Supporting our employees and producers will build a stronger business for us, and a better life for them. Investing in human capital helps us build a more resilient beef value chain. We focus on supporting our producers to be profitable and productive because without them, we have no product to sell and cannot achieve our mission (we are owned by family farmers and are run on co-operative principles to maximise returns to all producers who supply us) and providing for employees a workplace that is safe, has a culture of continuous improvement, and champions diversity (we believe a diversity of genders and backgrounds creates a diversity of thinking, and continually pushing to improve means we are less likely to be left behind).
We’re proudly owned by family farmers. Our founding farmers established the organic beef supply chain in Australia in the mid-1990s. Continuing generations of family farming traditions, they are united by a shared belief to respect and work with the environment and their animals.
Because OBE Organic is run on co-operative principles to maximise returns to family farmers, we run a lean and efficient business. At 30 June 2018 we had 10 fulltime employees.
Safety and professional development are priorities for our people.
By creating Australia’s first organic beef value chain we opened an entirely new market for cattle producers, especially in remote areas.
Producers are typically paid a premium for organic cattle. We also provide additional resources to producers, so the combination of organic premiums and capacity building will help them run flourishing family farms.
OBE Organic is an agile small business investing heavily in training and innovation.
We also have a history of partnering with organisations to deliver better outcomes to organic cattle producers.
120 producers (cumulative) attended OBE Organic GrazingBMP workshops in outback Queensland.
Created the Online Rural Property Induction in partnership with Palgrove and Olive Media to provide a comprehensive but low-cost way to help producers better manage farm safety.
236 people joined safety webinars we arranged with Workplace Health and Safety Queensland and WorkCover.
Supported a trial to improve broadband connectivity for remote cattle properties, which saw new modems and wi-fi infrastructure installed on 4 OBE producer properties. Activ8 used the results of this trial to develop a commercial offering for remote grazing businesses.
16 producers attended spatial mapping training. 28 producers attended Succession Planning training.
Maintain a Facebook Group for organic beef producers to share knowledge and ask questions.
0 lost time injuries in 2017/18.
78% female employees, 60% female Directors in 2017/18.
26 hours professional development / employee in 2017/18.
Became one of the first agribusinesses to have a Reconciliation Action Plan.
Provided an EAP Assist mental health service for employees.