Each year, the Angus Australia Foundation offers two scholarships to Angus Australia members to give them the opportunity to participate in the exciting and innovative Angus National Conference. Members with a commitment to 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 Anna White and Laura Grubb.
Anna White Profile Pic smallGrowing up on a commercial Angus and Merino property in Mudgee, has enabled me to see a variety of the different sectors that make up the Australian Agricultural Industry. I recently graduated from the University of Sydney with a Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience. During my studies I was able to take advantage of a variety of opportunities, including work experience at various cattle operations ranging from feedlots to seed stock producers. I also competed in the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition, recently returning from an industry tour of the USA. Attending the Angus National Conference will give me the chance to compare what I learnt in the States to the Australian Industry.
As a recipient of the 2016 Angus Australia Foundation Angus National Conference Scholarship, I am very grateful to Angus Australia for the opportunity to attend the Angus National Conference. This is a very exciting opportunity as the Angus breed is an industry leader and continues to take a progressive role, with the uptake of new innovations and technology. While at the conference I hope to improve my knowledge of the cattle industry, specifically the Angus breed. The conference will be a great networking opportunity and a chance to learn about new ideas, technologies and management techniques. I would especially like to learn about the future of Angus beef and learning opportunities available to young people in the industry.
Laura Grubb Profile PicI grew up in Western Australia with a passion for agriculture fostered by my exposure to the many different production systems my family are involved in; from crayfishing right through to beef production. I recently graduated from Murdoch University with a Bachelor of Animal Science. During my university career I developed a strong interest in beef cattle production and meat science.
This passion coupled with a drive to get youth involved in agriculture has led to my involvement in many meat and cattle judging competitions around Australia which resulted in being awarded the 2013 National Judging Competition Winner and the recipient of the University of Illinois Scholarship. Upon my return to Australia, 2015 saw a heavy involvement in advocating the youth’s voice in agriculture as the Angus Youth Beef Australia Scholarship Recipient and then my involvement in the 2015 Youth Ag Summit in Canberra, Following on from the Youth Summit I was selected as the Developed World Representative voice of youth in agriculture at the United Nations Committee on World Food Security in Rome, Italy.
I believe that this scholarship will allow me to not only hear firsthand the forecast for the future of the Angus breed in Australia, but will also provide me with the opportunity to directly discuss with prominent professionals within the industry the role youth can play in the development of the breed and encouraging youth to pursue a career within the beef industry. I believe that my strong ties within youth in agriculture groups and my new position within Teys Australia will enable me to take what I learn at the Angus National Conference and make sure the key messages are being spread widely and constructively throughout the industry.