3/24 Napier Close, Deakin ACT 2600

P 02 6281 0680
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Outstanding regional and rural leadership


Barb Madden

Barb Madden
  • Cattlewoman
  • Foundation board member since 2009
  • Fellow, ARLP 14
  • Co-owner and CFO, Smithfield Feedlot
  • R&D devotee
  • 2009 Qld Rural Woman of the Year

Sponsor: Fmr Department of Transport and Regional Services

... definitely a rural leader!

"The ARLP has exposed me to a vast networking system, full of people with skills and knowledge from differing backgrounds and industries to myself.  I have learned to value the richness diversity brings and utilise the specific skill set and knowledge others bring, to create a highly effective team."

Barb is a partner and Chief Financial Officer of Smith field Feedlot, a large cattle feeding enterprise in South East Queensland. Their R & D initiatives include trials such as sourcing cattle from various geographical locations, shade trials, silage feed, vaccines, and gasification plant to use cattle effluent to fire the boiler which cooks the grain. She is involved in many voluntary roles around the proactive design and engagement of rural communities.

Barb is a graduate of the Queensland University of Technology and holds a Bachelor of Business (Accounting). She is also the 2009 Qld Rural Woman of Year And a current participant in Australian Institute of Company Directors Course.