Angus Australia is pleased to announce that longtime Angus Youth member Kaiti McGregor has been selected as the 2023 recipient of the Cornell Shield, in recognition of her dedication to the Angus Youth National Roundup.

The Cornell Shield was commissioned in recognition of Kathleen and David Cornell and their dedication to the Angus Youth Program in its formative years. Each year, the Cornell Shield is awarded to an Angus Australia member for their contributions to the Angus Youth program and the Angus Youth National Roundup.

Kaiti has been involved in the Angus Youth program since childhood and has taken part in a number of Roundups around Australia as a competitor.

Since the conclusion of her competitive Roundup days, Kaiti has come back on board in a different way, taking part as a member of the 2022, 2024 and 2025 Roundup Organising Committees. She is also a previous Angus National Conference Scholarship recipient, Bulliac Studmaster Award recipient and Angus Australia World Angus Forum Youth team representative.

Hailing from Queensland, Kaiti, alongside her two brothers, grew up breeding and showing her own Angus heifers, a passion that has continued through to adulthood. Now residing in Sydney and working as a mid-wife, Kaiti has continued to give back to the Angus Youth program and Roundup.

Following her instatement on the Roundup Organising Committee, Kaiti said of her passion for the Roundup event, “I have been involved in the Roundup Organising Committee for the past few years. I still enjoy being a part of the agriculture industry and giving kids the same opportunities I had growing up.

“I believe Roundup is an awesome camp to meet new friends and learn heaps of new skills.”

This commitment to the industry is what encouraged nominators to put Kaiti’s name forward for 2024 Cornell Shield. Following a nomination process, Kaiti was selected by Angus Youth Consultative Committee as the most recent Cornell Shield recipient.

“Kaiti makes it to every meeting even if she’s delivering babies and lets us know on time if she can’t make it,” said Kaiti’s nomination. “She’s always the yes girl. She helped with planning different parts of the Roundup throughout the year and was an absolute superstar in organising and running Barnyard Olympics!

“If we needed anything run somewhere or moved around during Roundup, she would be the first to put up her hand to do it. She is a hard worker who doesn’t put her hand up to be in the spotlight and we would love to see her get recognised for her efforts for the 2024 Roundup.”

During the presentation of the Cornell Shield to Kaiti, Angus Youth Roundup Organising Committee member Aimee Bolton said, “Today, I get the pleasure of presenting the Cornell Shield to a Youth member for their dedication to Angus Youth, specifically, but also the breed.

“This young lady was nominated through her contributions to the Angus Roundup, but that truly is only the beginning. I’ll keep it pretty short because I’ll get pretty emotional, but a really good friend of mine and someone that will do anything for anybody.

“When she’s not catching babies, she’s chasing them around all while she’s helping everybody else out around the barns, especially the Youth. We even struggled to get her here tonight because she was too busy trying to help out the people she’s working with. Without further ado, I would like to present the Cornell Shield to Katie McGregor.”

Feature Image: Angus Australia CEO Scott Wright, Bill Cornell, Kaiti McGregor & Aimee Bolton