Angus Youth member Natalie Grylls will have the opportunity to travel to Canada after being crowned the 2016 Matthew George Young Stockman Award winner at this years’ Royal Melbourne Show.
Winning this award was very close to the heart for Natalie, given their long association with Matthew and the George family.
Natalie has been a long time participant and supporter of Angus Youth and at the 2016 Angus Youth National Roundup in Armidale, NSW, was awarded the Champion Intermediate Herdsman.
Natalie Grylls is this year’s the recipient of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award.
Natalie has been involved in the beef cattle industry since the day she was born being involved in her family stud helping with animal husbandry, breeding, A.I and ET programs. This upbringing has provided inspiration for her future career.
Natalie is a member of Angus Australia, holding a junior membership since the age of eight (Herd Ident CDY). She has attended Angus Youth Roundup since the age of eight supporting the event by competing, donating cattle from her herd as ballot cattle and preparing and showing cattle owned by her family, Vermont and Rossander Angus and GK Livestock. Natalie also attends all Breeds Heifer shows, royal shows and local agricultural shows all around Australia.
Natalie is currently attending Yanco Agricultural High School, and will graduate this month with her HSC. Yanco has a large commercial and stud operation run by the students and teachers, as well as donated cattle used for carcase competitions.
Natalie has been involved with the team since 2013 expanding her knowledge of the beef industry in both commercial breeding and stud operations on a large scale. Through this involvement, Natalie attends shows, workshops and beef industry days working with different breeds, people and all facets of the industry, and can share all she learns with younger students and other members of the cattle community.
Natalie plans to travel to Canada to study their genetics, both new and old, to learn about different breeding techniques and skills for higher production rates, and different scales of farming and how they can produce quality cattle at higher rates.
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 – now in its 8th year – 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.
This year’s recipient was announced at the Royal Melbourne Show on Saturday evening by the CEO of The Ballarat Foundation, Geoff Sharp, in company with members of the George family, Daniel and Richard George. Also in attendance were 2015 recipients Jake Taylor and Josh McRae who have recently returned from their study tours and other friends and family who were original donors to the sub-fund that supports the award. Natalie was presented with a commemorative belt buckle to mark her achievement and also received return economy airfares to Los Angeles courtesy of Virgin Australia.
The community will also be able to follow Natalie’s study tour via Facebook and blogs. Access to these will be available through The Ballarat Foundation’s website www.ballaratfoundation.org.au.
Pictured top: Natalie Grylls with Jake Taylor and Josh McRae