Well the time has come for my last post as the Angus Youth Development Officer.
Over the past two and a bit years, I have been exposed to so many different facets of the world wide beef industry and have been able to be involved in the creation of so many exciting and innovative new programs for the benefit of the Angus Youth program and the wider Australian beef industry. Through all of this I have made the decision to head back to university to increase my education and forge a different path within the Australian Agriculture industry for myself.
During my time at Angus Australia, I have been responsible for a variety of projects within different facets of the company. While most of my time was devoted to the Angus Youth program, I was also involved in marketing, education and memberships. Over the years my greatest achievements would have to be getting the Angus Australia Foundation up and running, the Angus Youth National Roundup’s, as well as the further development of the Scholarships, Awards and Bursaries program.
We were fortunate to add over 20 new scholarships, awards and bursaries to the program for the benefit of our members. Some of the new scholarships, awards and bursaries provide opportunities in the program for the wider membership base. These have all been met with great enthusiasm from our members and it’s encouraging to see our industry’s youth become more involved in the program which will benefit the future of the agricultural industry.
I would also like to take this opportunity to thank the board, past and present, that have supported the changes in the program and understood my vision of where I believed the program needed to go. To the staff for their support and encouragement, especially Andrew Byrne and Diana Wood as my managers. And finally our many youth members; you are the reason I was able to come to work for the last two years and enjoy what I do. It’s so encouraging to see that the future of the Australian agricultural industry is in good hands!