The Angus Australia Foundation along with the Queensland State Committee have offered three young Angus Youth enthusiasts the opportunity to experience Beef Australia 2018.
Jack Laurie grew up on his family farm at Knowla Angus Moppy New South Wales. He has a strong Angus stud background with his family running over 200 stud Angus females.
Jack has attended nine Angus Youth National Roundups and has had many successes in junior judging competitions, including winning the State Final at last year’s Sydney Royal Easter Show.
Jack is currently studying a Bachelor of Rural Science at the University of New England and has a particular interest in cattle genetics.
‘I have a real passion for agriculture and its exciting future. I have a love for all cattle, however I do believe that the Angus breed is on its own in terms of versatility, production and profitably’, said Jack.
‘To attend Beef Australia would give me an opportunity to look at different cattle and genetics. It would also allow me to talk to other producers to gain an understanding of their production systems and what they are having success with in regards to breeding,’ he said.
Emily Webb Ware has grown up on a 4th generation farm, near Yea, Victoria. Her family have a self-replacing Angus herd of 400 cows and have been in the Angus breed from before Emily was born. She is currently a student at University of Melbourne studying a Batchelor of Agriculture.
Emily has recently toured the United States meat industries as part of the Australian National Meat Judging Team, after being selected in the top 5 students from the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition.
‘To attend Beef Australia would be an incredible learning experience,’ Emily said.
‘I know that I learn best when I am in a hands on situation or learning directly from industry professionals. Going to Beef Australia would allow me to spend the week engaging with a variety of people and gaining as much knowledge of beef production and the wider beef industry as I can,’ she said.
Laura Wishart grew up on a mixed farming enterprise on the South Coast of Western Australia. The focus of her family farming business is their commercial Angus herd and beef feedlot.
Last year Laura graduated as Dux of the Marcus Oldham Associate Degree in Farm Business Management and is now currently working in the meat industry for Meat Standards Australia.
‘I’m excited to attend Beef Australia as it is a fantastic learning and networking opportunity for me on both a personal and professional sense,’ Laura said.
‘Being part of Beef Australia would enable me to meet and engage with a number of people from a range of beef-related sectors, providing the opportunity to build relationships and increase awareness of my role,’ she added.
‘Ultimately, this opportunity would boost my ability to bring value back into the industry that I am so passionate about,’ she said.