Angus Youth member Annabelle Butler has been selected as the 2018 recipient of the Kansas State University Scholarship. Miss Butler will jet off to the USA in January and spend 4 months attending the University while also taking in the experiences of the United States of America.
The Kansas State University is one the best agricultural universities in the USA, and the scholarship allows Miss Butler to attend the university for one semester. Miss Butler will have access to the university’s own seedstock and commercial herd, feedlot, feed mill, brilliant teaching facilities and high-quality teaching staff.
She will also have the opportunity to enjoy campus activities and experience the local life of beef producers and agribusinesses in the area.
The 2017 Kansas State University Scholarship recipient and selection panel member for the 2018 scholarship, Samantha Neumann, expressed that Annabelle is an ideal recipient for the scholarship out of a crop of excellent applicants.
“The applicants were incredibly high calibre, demonstrating the diversity and agility of the industry in their ambitions and the bright future that is ahead of each of them,” she said.
“Annabelle is clearly passionate about the beef industry and could not only articulate her goals for the future but has made significant progress toward achieving them. We felt that Kansas State was the right opportunity to assist Annabelle in continuing to develop both personally and professionally, and maintain her passion for not only beef, but the wider industry.”
Miss Butler was brought up on a mixed farm with a breeding herd incorporating Angus genetics. From the age of 10, Miss Butler has been involved in several Queensland Youth Cattle Conferences both as a delegate and as a volunteer, assisting younger participants in handling, herdsmanship and competition.
With her upbringing in cattle production, Miss Butler completed a dual degree in Animal Production and Agribusiness at the University of Queensland (UQ), where she was involved in the UQ Agribusiness Association and the Animal Production Association, as well as being involved in the Cattle Club.
During this time, she also had the opportunity to represent UQ at the Australian Intercollegiate Meat Judging Competition in 2017.
Miss Butler has deliberately immersed herself across the whole supply chain of the beef industry through various working capacities in order to have a well-rounded exposure of the industry. Miss Butler most recently worked for Teys Australia in Livestock Strategic Operations. She was also recently awarded one of the Angus Youth Tocal Beef Assessment Course Scholarships in 2018.
During her time at Kansas State, Miss Butler will be maintaining a blog, regarding her time abroad to keep all up to date with her travels and experiences.
The Kansas State University Scholarship is sponsored Angus Australia Foundation.
Kansas State offered two significant learnings for me. It increased my knowledge of the global beef business, common drivers between the US and Aussie markets, and global perceptions of our Aussie product, and that the role that agency plays in ensuring the integrity of the NLIS system is value that is recognised in this global market.
Secondly Kansas State offered me an insight into various business models, each which challenged traditional processes. I have and will continue to apply these insights and ways of thinking to our ‘traditional’ business, as we push to add value and become more responsive and relevant 21st century agents. I have definitely come home with a renewed enthusiasm and passion for the industry – I am excited to be able to put learnings, networks and insights into practise.