Each year, the Angus Australia Foundation offers two scholarships to Angus Australia members to give them the opportunity to participate in the bi-annual BeefEx Forum. Members with a strong interest in the Feedlotting industry, the Australian beef industry and the Angus Breed were encouraged to apply.
This year, Angus Australia has the pleasure of awarding the two scholarships to Kari-Melise Moffat and Josh Dawson.
Growing up in Victoria on a small beef property instigated my passion for agriculture. After completing my first year of study at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong, I decided to head north in search of a broader understanding of the Australian beef industry.
By chance an opportunity to work aboard a live export ship bound for Indonesia arose, and like any young cattle enthusiast I leapt at the opportunity. I wasn’t to know that this would be the greatest decision I’ve ever made, taking me to many different countries and giving the word ‘challenge’ a new meaning. Progressing to Head Stockman through this 18 month period, and in charge of the welfare of over 5,000 head of cattle on each trip, the position allowed me to work with crews of many different nationalities, and gave me exposure to the care of various cattle breeds, such as Angus heifers to China and Brahman bullocks to Vietnam. We had visits to feedlots, abattoirs and wet markets in other countries, giving me a broader understanding of the international market. I have now returned to Marcus Oldham College to complete my Degree in Farm Business Management.
As a recipient of the 2016 Angus Australia Foundation BeefEx Conference Scholarship, I’m thankful to the Angus Foundation for making it possible for me to attend the Conference. I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge of the lot feeding industry, and in particular how feedlots manage animal health. I believe this opportunity will be a great chance to network and come away with new ideas around feedlot management.
I was raised on our composite sheep, Angus beef and winter cropping property near Dunkeld, Western Victoria, where for many years, I have had an active involvement in the planning and operations of our family business. I have recently taken a step back from this to further my education while also working. I currently work for Peter Cremer Australia, doing the domestic grain logistics to numerous feed mills and feedlots across Victoria and southern NSW, while also completing my bachelor Agricultural Business Management through Charles Sturt University.
I believe the Australian lot feeding industry has an exciting future, with new market segments opening up that depend on consistent supplies of high quality beef. I am very grateful for the Angus Australia Foundation for giving me this opportunity to travel to the Gold Coast to increase my networks within the feed lotting industry, which will in-turn benefit my future career within the Australian beef industry.