OUR nice companion Greg Smith was tragically killed on April 2, 2021 following an accident whereas unloading cattle within the port of Belawan, North Sumatera, Indonesia. He leaves behind his mom Nancy, his spouse Lina, his daughter Felicity (Flossie 35) and his sons Tristan (18) and Brody (15). He was 59 years outdated.
After household, his passions have been cattle, Indonesia and socializing. He left the northern beef business for a trip again in Indonesia in 1989 and has remained there most of his life. Pressured to be fluent within the Indonesian language as a necessity for survival, he grew to become a particularly precious asset to the Indonesian / Australian cattle import / export business the place he was in a position to mix his in-depth information and empathy for cattle along with her first-rate communication abilities.
Greg has been concerned in a variety of livestock initiatives in Indonesia (and different Asian international locations later in his profession), from the institution and operation of feedlots, to the secure dealing with of livestock imported, ESCAS audit, workers coaching, improvement of breeding initiatives and extra just lately in monitoring the well being and welfare of imported Australian breeders after distribution to smallholders in big areas of Indonesia .
Greg was the form of particular person you’ll name in at a time of issue or tragedy for companionship and assist to satisfy, discuss and possibly obtain his personal very particular model of pragmatic recommendation, typically over a chilly beer ( or many). We already miss him.
A funeral can be held in Darwin within the close to future with particulars but to be confirmed.
The images beneath are a superb abstract of his profession with the primary taken shortly after arriving in Indonesia.
Folks within the business.
Beneath is a profile article written by Dr Ross Ainsworth about Greg Smith and posted on Beef Central on October 7, 2014 beneath the title “Greg Smith: A Reside Export Journey”
Greg Smith: Austrex Provide Chain Supervisor, Indonesia
The business’s collaborative animal welfare agenda is kind of wealthy and is mostly described by its acronym ICWP. It refers to a Livestock Export Program (LEP) initiative established in 2011 that offered livestock exporters with partial funding (primarily via mutual authorized help) for the position of animal safety officers. or the availability chain to markets.
The place requires exporters to make use of in-country workers who can monitor and assist their prospects’ efficiency to make sure compliance with ESCAS (Export Provide Chain Assurance System). Clearly, whereas this particular person interacts with the shopper, they’re additionally obtainable to ship the standard vary of buyer assist companies on behalf of the exporter. This program should be probably the most profitable and worthwhile initiatives supported by LEP.
The best candidate for this function is somebody with a deep understanding of the Australian beef business and the residing export commerce in addition to an intimate information of the working setting and tradition of the importing nation. Greg Smith’s resume may have been written with this job in thoughts.
After beginning out as a jackeroo on Brunette Downs in 1979, he rose via the ranks to develop into a inventory supervisor at a number of stations within the Northern Territory and Kimberley. On the finish of the 1989 season within the Waterloo bull seize camp with John Quintana, he determined to go trekking in Indonesia. Over the subsequent 2 years, Greg was absolutely immersed in Indonesia and its tradition, working for native salaries in a variety of jobs from instructing English to promoting family chemical compounds. Consequently, her Indonesian language abilities and in-depth cultural information are distinctive. He landed his first native cattle job with Tipperary-Indonesia in Sumatera once they opened the Indonesian feeder cattle commerce in 1991.
From 1992 to 2003, Greg labored for plenty of giant Indonesian feeder distributors and even branched out into exporting bulldozers after the Asian monetary collapse quickly halted the 1997 direct export commerce. to 1999.
In 2003, Greg introduced his spouse and younger son again to Australia, working in each the livestock and building industries within the NT till 2011.
Following the closure of the dwell enterprise in mid-2011, Austrex employed Greg as one of many first ICWP positions primarily based in Jakarta. With the center of a real breeder and a deep understanding of the meat business and tradition in Indonesia, nobody is best certified to look at and assist prospects than Greg. Nobody else has such intimate information of the again roads and backdoors of the Indonesian beef business. He’s simply as comfy talking with the CEO as he’s with the feedlot workers who clear the pens or the road distributors who feed the truckers.
Importers tremendously admire Greg’s communication abilities and cultural diplomacy. Sadly, individuals with this expertise in breeding and cultivation are as uncommon as they’re precious.
My solely criticism of the ICWP is that it has a restricted finances and there is not sufficient Greg Smith for everybody.