WINNER: David Lock, Craig Mostyn Group

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Agribusiness Leader of the Year Award (sponsored by NAB Agribusiness)

David Lock is the CEO of the Craig Mostyn Group (the Group), which operates across Australia from state-of-the-art processing facilities in Western Australia and Tasmania.

He has held the position since 2004, spending the first five years focussed on exiting nonperforming businesses and restructuring 18 business units down to three - Linley Valley Pork, Recycling and Craig Mostyn Foods.

Craig Mostyn Group is the largest pork producer in Western Australia while Craig Mostyn Foods imports and exports a range of seafood products and operates, among other things, a lobster processing and live export facility in Tasmania.

Animal waste material from the Linley Valley Pork operation and other red meat and poultry abattoirs and boning rooms throughout Western Australia is processed by the Talloman rendering plant each year, then dried, stabilised and 100% recycled for feed, energy and Oleochemicals.

In 2004, the meat and livestock division of the business processed 1000 pigs per week, owned no farms and had a major competitor which processed 9000 pigs per week. David negotiated with the competitor and acquired its livestock, then bought the competitor’s fresh meat business and a number of major farming operations.

As result, CMG’s market share climbed from 10% to 95% enabling the business to grow its supermarket sales and export 30% of its production to become the major supplier of Australian pork into Singapore. The division operates five breeder farms including Australia’s largest free range farm.

The Group is the first in Australia to obtain “Paws” certification from the RSPCA & introduce robotic equipment in the abattoir.