Aspiring Angus Breeder Headed to the United States

November 28, 2015 2:30 pm

2015 National Judging Competition winner, Ellen Simpson.

Ellen Simpson from Braidwood in New South Wales has been awarded the 2015 Angus Youth University of Illinois Scholarship.

Ellen was awarded the scholarship to study at the University of Illinois after successfully winning the 2015 Angus Youth National Judging Competition.

Angus Australia’s Youth Development Officer, Alice Lodge was a member of this year’s selection panel and said, “The standard of applicants was high however Ellen stood out as the applicant with a rich passion for the beef industry as well as being a keen Angus advocate”.

“We feel that Ellen will gain a wealth of experience in America and will be able to bring a lot of that knowledge back for use in her future career in the Australian beef industry.”

Ellen has previously completed a Bachelor of Animal Science at Charles Sturt University Wagga Wagga, before she moved to England for a year to work at a boarding school. Ellen then returned to Australia where she worked with Ray White in Braidwood before moving to Armidale earlier this year to commence a Bachelor of Agriculture and Resource Economics.

Ellen is thrilled to be given the opportunity to travel to America and study at the University of Illinois.

“I am honoured to be awarded the Angus Youth University of Illinois Scholarship and would like to thank Angus Youth for giving me this once in a lifetime opportunity”, Ellen said.

Sponsored by Angus Australia, the University of Illinois Scholarship is award on an annual basis and provides the winner of the Angus Youth National Judging Competition with the opportunity to spend a semester studying at the prestigious University of Illinois in America. Whilst in the USA, scholarship recipients experience a whirlwind of events, from university classes, judging competition and sightseeing the United States. Past winners of the award include a number of beef industry high achievers such as AACo’s CEO Jason Strong and the 2015 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador Jason Schultz.

During the 2015 Angus Youth National Judging Competition, competitors firstly visited the Teys Australia Tamworth plant where they were required to grade a variety of carcases under the watchful eye of the professional MSA graders. They then travelled to Ben Nevis Angus Stud at Walcha, where they judged a variety of stud and commercial cattle classes, were assessed on their knowledge of the Australia beef industry and attended an interview.

Runner-up of the National Judging Competition, Elizabeth McClymont received a scholarship to attend the Tocal Beef Cattle Assessment School in September. Elizabeth McClymont is from Goondiwindi, QLD and is currently studying Animal Science at the University of New England.

Angus Australia gratefully acknowledges the assistance provided to running of the 2015 Angus Youth National Judging Competition by John Shaw, Teys Australia, and Erica Halliday, Ben Nevis Angus Stud.