Angus Australia is pleased to announce the 2019 Trans-Tasman Exchange recipient is Chloe Gould. Miss Gould was chosen out of a large number of keen applicants to be selected for the exchange, which is proudly sponsored by New England Travel Centre.
Miss Gould was awarded the scholarship at the Special Dinner Dance at this year’s Thomas Foods International Angus Youth Roundup, after taking part in an interview process with the dedicated selection panel which included the 2018 recipient Steph Frankham.
The exchange will see Miss Gould travel to New Zealand to visit with various Angus producers to experience farming processes within a different climate and landscape, one which is likely very different than her native Queensland. The two-week trip will see Miss Gould visit Angus studs and commercial operations, feedlots and attend field days and sales.
Miss Gould looks forward to the opportunity to gain knowledge about the variance between Australian and New Zealander practices throughout the supply chain.
“I look forward to exploring different production systems and gain knowledge of their genetics,” Miss Gould said.
“I also look forward to the opportunity to visit other production systems throughout the supply chain. I think it will be interesting to see if there is any comparisons or difference to what we do in Australia compared to New Zealand.
“The scholarship will give me the opportunity to make those overseas connections.”
2018 Scholarship recipient Steph Frankham said that while the selection decision was close, Miss Gould was selected as a stand out from her counterparts.
“With our top three they were very, very close. However, it was Chloe’s passion and drive for what she does professionally within the beef industry, and her involvement with Angus Youth over a number of years that got her above the line,” Miss Frankham said.
“I encourage Chloe not to limit herself during her time on exchange, taking in New Zealand agriculture is a whole over there rather than singling in to stud cattle, taking in venison to sheep and wool to dairy.”
Angus Australia Events and Youth Development Officer Candice Liddle said that the exchange will give Miss Gould the opportunity to observe the strength of the Angus breed globally.
“This exchange will give Chloe great insight into the New Zealand beef industry, and the opportunity to meet New Zealand Angus members to discuss and observe their own farming operations.”
Miss Gould hails from Norman Gardens, Queensland and has been involved in the beef industry from a young age, working with both seedstock and commercial cattle. She has a Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from the University of Queensland (UQ). During her time at University, Miss Gould was part of the UQ meat judging team, competing in the Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition. Due to her success, she was selected to travel to the US to compete with the Australian team. Miss Gould was selected as part of the Angus Australia Youth Team who travelled to Scotland for the World Angus Forum in 2017. Since 2016, Miss Gould has been employed by Teys Australia.
A word from Steph reflecting on New Zealand:
“As my career is within the grain industry, the scholarship allowed me to look into not cropping as such but grass operations and how important they are to the New Zealand agricultural sector. The grass operations are the main backbone for everything they do, their grass-fed beef, grass fed lamb grass fed and grass-fed venison.”
“Their grass-fed programs are insane over there where we don’t have that over here, understanding the completely different environment. Implementing similar programs in Australia with the current season would be difficult. It was very interesting to see what you do in a high rainfall area. I would love to be able to do pasture improvement back home after being over there, however with our current situation like everyone else, we are just waiting for the rain.”
Feature Image: Chloe Gould pictured with 2018 recipient Steph Frankham at the 2019 Thomas Foods International Angus Youth Roundup