Monique Estrada from Merriwa, New South Wales has taken out the 2019 Angus Youth National Judging Competition held in conjunction with the Sydney Royal Easter Show 11-12 April 2019, which will see Monique attend the prestigious University of Illinois for a semester.
Sponsored by Angus Australia, the University of Illinois Scholarship is awarded 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 U of I. 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 Managing Director of Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) Jason Strong and the 2015 Rabobank Young Beef Ambassador Jason Schultz.
During the 2019 Angus Youth National Judging Competition, competitors were firstly asked to judge a selection of meats. This was then followed by an exam where they were assessed on their knowledge of the Australia beef industry and attended an interview. Finally, participants in the competition were asked to judge two stud cattle classes and deliver an oral assessment on one of the stud stock classes.
Monique is currently working in Early Childhood as an educator and developing her own business Target Livestock and Marketing.
Monique’s involvement in the industry started 9 years ago with at her local high school. Monique has come from a non-farming background in Sydney. Moving to the hunter region in New South Wales has opened doors for Monique to pursue her passion in the beef industry where she has been heavily involved in youth shows and programs.
‘My love for the Angus breed inspired me to produce my own stud stock and also influenced me to establish my own business called Target Livestock and Marketing where I am now breeding my own Angus Cattle and providing marketing services to local producers,’ Monique said.
Monique’s has a passion for industries youth and providing the next generation with the opportunities to learn about the beef industry and take advantage of the opportunities available. Angus Australia has been major influence in her involvement in the industry and she is willing to give back to other aspiring young people with a passion for cattle to take advantage of opportunities such as the University of Illinois Scholarship.
Monique will travel to Illinois in 2020 to study at the outstanding University of Illinois where she will be immersed in the American cattle industry.
‘The opportunity to study at the University of Illinois has long hoped for dream of mine. I have always aspired to work towards receiving an opportunity like this. In previous years I have read through the Angus Australia articles and followed the blogs of the past recipients of the prestigious scholarship and hoping to one day experience this first hand’. Miss Estrada said.
When asked what topics she was looking forward to the most, Monique replied ‘I am looking forward to studying genetics and nutrition of stud stock cattle while attending the University of Illinois’. She replied
‘I am highly interested in the use of genetics when it come to breeding cattle and seeing what particular trend within pedigrees can produce’. Monique added
‘To receive the opportunity to spend a semester studying at the University of Illinois will be highly invaluable in regards to the knowledge that I will be able to gain and also the potential networks I will be able to form as a result of this experience’. She concluded.
Feature Image: Monique Estrada (left) and Laura Grubb