Applications open for UK youth exchange

Dairy-youthThe search is on for the Holstein Australia 2019 Youth UK exchange scholarship recipient, with applications now open.

The scholarship winner will visit and work on dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, staying with Holstein UK members, visit AI companies and businesses allied with the UK dairy industry and take part in two of the UK’s biggest dairy events of the year.

At the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show and South West Dairy Show, they will play an active role in the preparation and showing of calves.

The All Breeds All Britain Calf Show is one of the highlights of the UK Holstein Young Breeders year and includes classes not only for Holstein calves but also for six other dairy breeds, including: British Friesian; Jersey; Guernsey; Brown Swiss; Ayrshire & Dairy Shorthorn breeds. The South West Dairy Show is the UK’s largest dairy show.

Former scholarship winner, Amabel Grinter from Muckatah in Northern Victoria, says: “My exchange visit to the UK was the most incredible experience and I would encourage anyone with a passion for the dairy industry to apply.

“I made great friends, learnt so much, and have been able to apply a lot of the knowledge I gained on our family farm.”

Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia Chief Executive Officer, says: “With learning, development, practical working on-farm, skills development and networking the focus of the trip, plus some sightseeing, our Holstein Australia Youth UK exchange winner will gain first-hand knowledge of how dairy farming in the UK compares to that of Australia, bringing back vital understanding to develop their own career in agriculture.”

The exchange, now in its third year, runs from Saturday 21stSeptember to Monday 21st October 2019. The scholarship  winner will receive return air fares and hosted accommodation on Holstein UK members dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland, as well as playing an active role at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show and South West Dairy Show.

Entry is open to all Australian residents aged 18 to 30 years who can demonstrate a tangible connection with the Australia dairy industry, including previous Holstein Australia youth exchange applicants.

Send your written application by email to Adam Sawell at asawell@holstein.com.au including a covering letter of up to 300 words and a two page (maximum) resume and tell us:

  • A bit about your knowledge and experience of Holstein breeding and dairy farming
  • Your current involvement with the dairy industry
  • A bit about your passion for and knowledge of breeding Holstein cattle
  • What you hope to learn from the Holstein Australia Youth UK exchange
  • Why you would make a good ambassador for the Australian dairy industry in the UK

Entries must be received at the Holstein Australia office by 5pm on Friday May 31. Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on Wednesday 12th June, with the winner notified week commencing Monday 17th June.

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