2017 Angus Australia Foundation Study Scholarship Recipients

March 15, 2017 11:06 am

Each year, the Angus Australia Foundation offers five scholarships to Angus Australia members to support them in completing their tertiary studies in courses that will benefit the Australian Beef Industry. Members studying an agricultural based degree, diploma or certificate at a registered institution who have 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 five scholarships to Hannah Bird, Emily Sinderberry, Daniel Kirk, Naomi Leahy and Aimee Bolton.

Aimee Bolton

Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management, Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga
Aimee grew up surrounded by cattle and now runs her own Red Angus herd, this sparked her interest in a career in Agriculture. From a young age, she knew it was exactly what she wanted to do. Aimee is currently studying a Bachelor or Agricultural Business Management at CSU in Wagga, and although her passion is in the beef industry, she would like to expand her knowledge throughout the diverse areas of agriculture.

Once Aimee graduates she hopes to gain a career in the Meat Science industry within Australia as well as globally. She currently runs about 40 Red Angus cattle, and is very excited to be expanding into Black Angus this year. She is excited see the benefits they can provide for her herd. Aimee believes that the beef industry has very much influenced the person she is today, through the lifelong friendships and contacts she has made, to the travel opportunities it provides through Junior Shows, such as the Angus Youth National Round Up. Aimee is excited about her future in the Agricultural and Beef industry and is keen to inspire other young people to get involved.

Daniel Kirk

Bachelor of Animal and Veterinary Bioscience, The University of Sydney
Daniel is currently in his third year of a Bachelor of Animal & Veterinary Bioscience at the University of Sydney. Daniel has always had an interest in Agriculture; having chosen to major in Animal Production Systems to further develop his knowledge of the Industry.

Although being born and raised in Sydney’s inner west, through the University Professional Development program Daniel has been fortunate enough to have been given the autonomy to choose & experience various Agricultural operations which interest him, both in Australia & overseas.

Daniel has spent time at Meat & Livestock Australia as an intern working across multiple business units; Research Development & Adoption, Community Programs & Market Information. During his time spent at MLA he focussed heavily on cattle, researching technologies to improve reproductive performance, collating saleyard statistics & developing welfare content. Daniel has also spent time in Animal health with Virbac Australia, acting as a Marketing Assistant to the manager of the Livestock Nutrition division. His research experience has encompassed work at the NSW Department of Primary Industries & a field school in Lao PDR whereby himself and 14 other New Colombo Plan students investigated the impact of biosecurity on food security & rural livelihoods.

In January this year, Daniel founded a research news service called informedagriculture.org with two mates from university. They keep readers up-to-date with research occurring in the Beef, Sheep, Poultry & Dairy Industries. Daniel believes it is important to connect stakeholders to the results produced in the research studies relevant to their industry. He realises the immense opportunities Australian Agriculture provides, and is beginning to cement his future in this vital industry. Daniel would like to thank the Angus Australia Foundation for their support of young people like himself to pursue their passions in the Australian Beef Industry.

Emily Sinderberry

Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management, Charles Stuart University
Growing up in Condobolin central west NSW as a part of her families’ Angus seedstock business – Moogenilla Angus, has sparked a passion and keen interest for Emily into beef production, cropping and agribusiness.

Emily attended boarding school at All Saints’ College in Bathurst from year 6 and studied agriculture with great enthusiasm throughout her high school years. When she completed her HSC in 2015, she took the opportunity to take a ‘gap year’ to work in her family business as well as in the local Honda motorcycle dealership managing accounts and sales. She also enjoyed breaking in and showing a few Moogenilla Angus cattle at local shows and increasing her involvement in preparing bulls for their families’ annual auction. From her experiences of high school agriculture and involvement in every-day activities on the property, Emily pursued her passion and began studying a Bachelor of Agricultural Business Management through CSU distance education in semester 2, 2016.

Emily is thoroughly enjoying expanding her knowledge through university studies and has just advanced to full time distance education. Emily hopes to contribute to the Australian beef industry on completion of her agribusiness degree.

Emily would like to thank Angus Australia for this scholarship opportunity and all other opportunities afforded to her as an Angus Youth Member. She recommends members to apply for scholarships, as this is a great opportunity to open new avenues, conquer goals, and pursue your passion.

Naomi Leahy

Honours in Animal Science, Murdoch University
This year Naomi will be undertaking her honours in Animal Science following on from her undergraduate degree of Bachelor of Science majoring in Animal Science and Animal Health with a minor in Animal Production Systems which she completed at the end of 2016. Naomi’s project will take her to King Island, Tasmania to research the effects of magnesium on weight gain and dark cutting in cattle under the supervision of Dr Peter McGilchrist and Dr Kate Loudon.

Naomi is looking forward to exploring the eastern beef operations in Australia and comparing them to those found in the south west of WA. She hopes to use the knowledge she gains this year to help guide her toward employment at the end of 2017 into a job which will allow her to use research information to guide the expansion of WA beef production. In the future, Naomi would also like to complete her PhD in beef production and increase her knowledge of the live export industry in Australia.

Naomi would like to thank Angus Australia for presenting her with this scholarship and allowing her passion for the cattle industry to grow stronger.

Hannah Bird

Bachelor of Agricultural Business, Marcus Oldham College
Last year Hannah completed her Diploma in Agribusiness and is currently undertaking the Associate Degree, after which she will then go on to study her Bachelor next year. Hannah has been fortunate enough to have been involved in agriculture and the beef industry her entire life, having grown up on her family’s beef cattle stud, ‘Bluelake Angus’ which is currently based in Birregurra Victoria. Having her family’s angus stud has allowed her to travel Australia and be involved in both country and royal shows. Since finishing high school Hannah knew she wanted to study agriculture which helped her decide to enrol in an Agribusiness course at Marcus Oldham College, allowing her to gain knowledge around all aspects of agriculture and the beef industry.

Hannah competed in her first Angus Youth Roundup in 2005, held in Hamilton Victoria, and since then has continued to compete in several others around Australia. Her passion for the industry has grown immensely through competing in youth shows, allowing her to gain so much knowledge about cattle and also meeting lifelong friends and contacts. Hannah is grateful for the opportunities that Angus Australia has given her and the upcoming generations in agriculture, teaching younger kids at shows is so rewarding and she enjoys to see them grow up and have the opportunities that will help them strive in the industry.

After her degree, Hannah wishes to further her career in beef cattle production. She is interested in animal genetics, nutrition and marketing, and is looking forward to seeing what the future holds and where the beef industry takes her. Hannah would like to thank the Angus Australia Foundation for their generosity, enabling her to continue studying in an industry in which she is so passionate about.