Miss Powe will spend one semester abroad at the University, spending 4 months in 2019 at what is deemed one of the major American universities, with its College of Agricultural, Consumer and Environmental Sciences playing a key role in national and international research initiatives in biological, social, physical and economic sciences.
The University boosts state-of-the-art research facilities, teaching facilities and some of the best teaching staff. The University has a key focus on the on-beef cattle, within an exceptional learning environment.
Miss Powe has been heavily involved in the beef industry and the Angus breed in particular from a young age. She is involved in her family’s stud stock and commercial breed enterprise, Goondoola Livestock, producing pure bred Red Angus cattle and commercial black Angus, Shorthorns and Red Angus.
Miss Powe has been involved in the Angus Youth program since 2009, after attending her first Roundup event.
After finishing a Bachelor of Agricultural Science, Miss Powe has been working at The Land as a livestock writer.
Miss Powe has extensive judging experience over her expansive career. Since 2009, Miss Powe has judged at various agricultural events, forming an impressive resume. 2018 saw her officiate at Wodonga, Alice Springs and Taree shows with a highlight of being a judge at Royal Adelaide Show for the Angus, Red Angus, Interbreed and South Australia Young Beef Cattle Judges State Final.
Attending the University of Illinois will allow Miss Powe further career escalation, with the scholarship allowing for the exciting opportunity for international judging exposure.
Miss Powe believes that the scholarship is something she has been working towards for many years now.
“As my interest and drive to pursue judging cattle grew I knew that the University of Illinois scholarship was one I could not let slide without giving it a go.”
“It is indescribable how passionate and engrossed in livestock judging I have become over the years, something I am extremely proud of. This drive has led to many opportunities in recent times, but I want to take it to the next level, creating an area of judging profile that is based on international competitions and positions.
“I will forever be learning new judging skills and with a focus on areas of livestock I don’t know yet, so this feels like the perfect opportunity to take a jump and see where my judging takes me.”
Angus Australia Events and Youth Development Officer at Angus Australia, Candice Liddle states that Miss Powe is an excellent choice for the scholarship.
“The aim of the scholarship is to assist Hannah in increasing her knowledge of the beef industry, develop her personal skills and strengthen relationships between the Australian and USA beef industries all while exposing her to different agricultural production systems.”