Top meat award to Casino man
CASINO-based meat processor, industry advocate, innovator and Atron Industries managing director David Larkin, is the Australian Meat Industry Council (AMIC) Distinguished Australian of the Year.
David in his remarkable 26-year career was apprentice of the year, general manager of the family company as a 16 year-old and the holder of senior meat industry positions responsible for domestic and export enterprises worth millions of dollars.
He says it is always nice to be recognised by an award which has so many exceptional previous winners.
“My work has always been about getting the best out of myself, my staff and my industry,” he said.
The AMIC award recognizes his involvement in numerous national and state industry and government councils and his incisive reports and input that have led to ground-breaking legislative changes to raise meat industry standards.
He is described as a ‘larger than life figure’ in a notoriously tough and sometimes disparate industry with a unifying passion committed to maintaining international benchmark standards.
He is currently AMIC Victorian chairman and National Export Beef Council deputy chairman, with duties including strategic planning, Ausmeat standards and language and coli panel, export meat order and legislative review and market access panels.
David was part of the team that created the AMIC/MICA fat claim guidelines in 2004 which are the current trading rules, wrote the Larkin Model for the USA beef quota to industry which was adopted by the Federal Government.