Western Australian Angus Youth member Billi Marshall was recently awarded the 2020 Trans-Tasman Exchange Scholarship at Roundup 2020.
Miss Marshall was the lone WA participant in the event, and travelled over 3,000 kilometres from home in Dongara in the Wheatbelt region to take part in the her first Roundup. Miss Marshall was sponsored by the WA State Committee to attend Roundup.
Sponsored by New England Travel and the Angus Australia Foundation, the Trans-Tasman Exchange scholarship is provided annually to an Angus Australia member aged between 18 and 30 years of age attending Roundup. The recipient of the Trans-Tasman Exchange will embark on a trip around New Zealand, visiting Angus studs, commercial operation, feedlots and attend field days and sales. The exchange will involve moving throughout the country experiencing the New Zealand beef industry and the strength of the Angus breed globally.
Miss Marshall was chosen from a competitive field of young beef producers who applied for the scholarship, and her enthusiasm for the beef industry a leading drive for her selection as recipient.
“I almost didn’t apply for it because didn’t think I fit the bill. I don’t own Angus cattle of my own, but I do work in the industry as I am a breeding technician for a cattle vet and constantly dealing all different clients of all different breeds, so at the last minute I decided to throw an application in and it turned out really well.”
Miss Marshall looks forward to her trip, hoping to get the most out her term abroad in terms of further developing her professional career through the opportunity provided.
“There are definitely a few things on my list I want to get to. Some bulls sales would be awesome to go and see over there, I really want to get into the sire selection and also the repro sires, so really getting into the repro side of the things over there, reproduction centres and stud breeders over there.”