At the 2013 Angus Youth National Round Up in Dubbo, I was lucky enough to be awarded the Trans-Tasman Scholarship.
I was over in New Zealand for just under a month, visited 20 studs and according to Google maps did just under 2,000km from Gisborne to the bottom of Southland.
I started this trip with an open mind and by the end, it was bursting with information I learnt from the many people I spoke too.
The first leg of my trip I stayed at Cricklewood Angus, and attended the last of the sales at the East Coast Bull Sales; seeing 6 studs selling around 250 bulls. At this time the top price Angus Bull was sold this season for $65,000 which was also breed by Cricklewood.
My trip continued down to the south of Napier to Motere Angus. While down here I was able to visit Martin Hamer from Embryco Ltd, having the chance to view some other studs donor cows. My next stop was with Richard and Vicki Rowe from Merchistion Angus, then onto Dave Warbuton who is the current Chairperson of Next Generation Angus. I then travelled down to Allan and Michelle Dalziell of Atahua and then on to Angus, Forbes and Christine Cameron of Ngaputahi Station, and did this place have hills! This was also the last place I stayed in the North Island, before continuing my trip from Palmerston North to Christchurch.
Christchurch is where I met up with Hazel and Marie Timperley who showed me around. Even to this day, Christchurch still looks like a ghost town, and it is estimated there is another 20 years of progress until it will return back to normal. At the moment the Christchurch shopping mall is made out of shipping containers which was pretty neat.
While in the area I visited Timperlea Stud, Sinai Angus, Floridale Angus and Xcell Breeding Services. From there I travelled down to Albury NZ to stay with Twin Oaks Angus also visiting Stern Angus and Kakahu Angus.
My last leg was down the very south staying with Kath McCallum and family –Rockley Angus. Some may know Kath from the Canberra Roundup where she was the NZ Trans-Tasman Exchangee. Here I visited Mt Lintion Station, only able to see half as the other half was too deep in snow for vehicles and Pikiburn Angus. The last few days were spent doing touristy things before my flight out of Queenstown.
I was lucky that while over there I had extremely good weather and no earthquakes! I would like to thank everyone for their generous hospitality having me stay and showing me around. And looking forward to going back for the World Angus Forum in October.
This was such an amazing trip with unforgettable experiences and meeting new contacts. I would like to say a huge thank you to Angus Youth for this trip and also NZ Next Generation for arranging places for me to stay and visit.
The 2014 Roundup entries are fast approaching, and this is now your opportunity to apply for this scholarship. I strongly recommend applying, as personally I gained so much from this trip and no doubt you will too!
For more details about my trip I wrote a short blog HERE.
2013 Trans-Tasman Exchangee