Abbey Mallise and Samuel Finlayson have both recently been selected as the 2019 Angus Youth LIVEXchange scholarship recipients, supplied by the Angus Foundation.
The scholarships provide the opportunity for Miss Mallise and Mr Finlayson to attend the LIVEXchange Conference, hosted by LiveCorp and the Australia Livestock Exporters Council, which will take place in Townsville, QLD on October 30-31, 2019.
The conference focuses on sharing information and insight into the livestock export trade, breaking down knowledge barriers, being open about industry challenges and demonstrating industry’s commitment and ongoing effort to improve animal welfare in supply chains.
Each recipient will have the opportunity to increase their knowledge of the Live Export industry and the beef industry as a whole, network with industry professionals and develop their personal skills.
On return from the conference, each recipient will provide a full trip report regarding their time and the conference, and what they took from it. These reports will available in the upcoming Summer Angus Bulletin.
Abbey Mallise hails from Barraba, NSW, and is currently in her final year of study, completing a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of New England.
Miss Mallise grew up on a mixed cattle and sheep farm in northwest NSW, and while she had predominately been exposed to the sheep element of the enterprise, Miss Mallise has endeavoured to also be actively involved in the commercial beef cattle element of the business as well.
Through her studies, Miss Mallise has been exposed to an array of beef enterprises across the supply chain, from commercial and seedstock through to the feedlot sectors. Through her attendance at LIVEXchange Miss Mallise hopes to expand her knowledge into a sector of the industry that she is less familiar with, being the Live Export sector.
“As I find the Australian beef industry very important and considerably interesting, through attending the 2019 LIVEXchange conference I hope to gain a deeper understanding of beef production and trade,” Miss Mallise said.
“It would be fascinating to develop a further understanding into the importance of the live cattle trade industry for the Australian beef industry and gain further knowledge into where Australian produce is exported to around the world.”
“Furthermore, it will be exciting to potentially be presented with the chance to associate and interact with industry professionals to better my networking skills and gain deeper insight into all aspects of the beef industry and live export trade.”
Samuel Finlayson was brought up on a cattle property based in Armidale, NSW, where his family developed Verified Black Angus Beef brand ‘Three Creek Beef’. Mr Finlayson is currently employed by ‘Three Creek Beef’ in the businesses international trading and finance sectors, a role which requires him to work alongside directors and Chinese clients. Whilst working, Mr Finlayson also studies a Bachelor of Business and International Languages at the University of New England.
Mr Finlayson looks forward to the conference and the opportunity to mix with likeminded individuals looking to develop their careers in the export sector.
“Having grown up on a beef and sheep property all my life I have always admired the livestock industry. This passion for the livestock industry led me to university with the hopes of graduating and finding my way into the industry of imports and exports through agricultural commodities,” Mr Finlayson said.
“The opportunity to attend a conference like LIVEXchange would provide me with different perspectives into the world of producers and exporters, as well as the opportunity to network with other likeminded individuals so one day I can carry on the Angus brand into the international markets further than it is today.”