Angus Youth member Lilli Stewart will be heading to North America after being crowned the 2019 Matthew George Young Stockman Award winner at this years’ Royal Melbourne Show.
While Matthew supported the beef industry as a whole, his passion was for the Angus breed and to see Ms Stewart take out the award while Melbourne Royal was hosting the 2019 Incitec Pivot Angus Feature Show, was a special moment for the crowd.
Ms Stewart runs her own Angus Stud, Waterlilli Angus, Birregurra VIC and looks forward to heading overseas and believe inning this award is, ‘A fantastic opportunity to have a life changing experience.’
Ms Stewart has been a long time participant and supporter of Angus Youth and was integral in organising for a group of Victorian Angus Youth members to attend and exhibit with their own heifers at the 2019 Angus Youth National Roundup in Armidale as part of Angus Australia’s Centenary Celebrations.
About the award
The Matthew George Young Stockman Award was established in memory of Matthew George, a young man from Stockyard Hill near Beaufort in Victoria. Matthew embraced farm life from the time he could walk and was a natural when it came to handling stock, particularly cattle which became his passion. He enjoyed preparing animals for the show and sale rings and became especially interested in genetics, searching for the magic genetics that would elevate his stud stock to be THE breeding stock of choice in Australia.
Matthew’s dream was to travel to North America, visiting stud ranches to gain first-hand experience on how their operations worked, particularly concerning Angus genetics.
Following his death in a car accident when he was 21, his industry colleagues, friends and businesses banded together to raise funds to establish the Matthew George Young Stockman Award, a sub-fund administered by The Ballarat Foundation.
The Matthew George Young Stockman Award provides an opportunity for young breeders to live Matthew’s dream; to travel overseas to learn about beef cattle breeding programs, developments and practices in the USA and Canada, and then to become an ambassador for the industry in Australia.
The winners of this Award can construct their itinerary according to their particular interests, and they form lasting friendships and alliances along the way that can only enhance their experiences in the future.