Mitchell stud sheep breeder takes gong

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL WEEKLY -

MITCHELL merino stud breeder Felicity Brump­ton will re­ceive a $5000 ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ship as the win­ner of the an­nual Gus McGown bursary.

Felicity has spent her life pro­mot­ing merino sheep around the coun­try at nu­mer­ous agri­cul­tural shows and has rep­re­sented Queens­land at the 2014 Na­tional Merino Sheep Judg­ing Com­pe­ti­tion, where she won the na­tional ti­tle.

AgForce gen­eral pres­i­dent Grant Maud­s­ley said Miss Brump­ton, from the property Bayn­ham, near Mitchell, was cho­sen be­cause of her com­mit­ment to the fu­ture of Queens­land agri­cul­ture.

“Felicity is cur­rently in her third year of study­ing a Bach­e­lor of An­i­mal Sci­ence at the Univer­sity of New Eng­land,” Mr Maud­s­ley said.

“I hope this helps her fur­ther her ca­reer in agri­cul­ture, while also giv­ing us all a chance to re­mem­ber Gus McGown, one of Queens­land’s finest gra­ziers.”

Miss Brump­ton said she was hon­oured to be awarded the bursary as she was pas­sion­ate about Aus­tralian agri­cul­ture, par­tic­u­larly the graz­ing sec­tor and the bright fu­ture it of­fered.

“I look for­ward to us­ing all pro­vided op­por­tu­ni­ties to at­tend and be­come a mem­ber of many in­dus­try events as­so­ci­ated with AgForce to as­sist them in pro­mot­ing our agri­cul­tural in­dus­tries like Gus McGown did,” she said.

“My am­bi­tions are to be able to of­fer pro­duc­ers an op­por­tu­nity to en­hance the ge­netic po­ten­tial of live­stock to­gether with im­proved nu­tri­tional ben­e­fits, whilst be­ing able to run my own live­stock op­er­a­tion.

“I would like to use my univer­sity de­gree, sci­en­tific tech­nol­ogy, and real life ex­pe­ri­ence to be­come a leader in the agri­cul­tural in­dus­try to pro­duce sus­tain­able and highly pro­duc­tive live­stock to im­prove property vi­a­bil­ity.

“In do­ing so, I would also like to en­cour­age peo­ple to stay or go into a merino en­ter­prise in Queens­land to en­sure the survival of our sheep in­dus­try.

“As agri­cul­ture has been a big part of my life, I would like to give back to it and en­cour­age or men­tor the younger gen­er­a­tion into this vi­brant in­dus­try. And like AgForce, I would like to fight for the bush to en­sure our agri­cul­tural in­dus­try re­mains sus­tain­able.”

The bursary is named af­ter long-time AgForce mem­ber and sheep gra­zier Gus McGown and re­wards one stu­dent with links to AgForce’s South­ern In­land Queens­land re­gion with fund­ing to­wards tu­ition fees for an ac­cred­ited qual­i­fi­ca­tion, un­der­grad­u­ate study or post grad­u­ate lev­els within Aus­tralia.

The bursary will also in­clude a four-week AgForce in­tern­ship to pro­vide ex­po­sure to agri-po­lit­i­cal ad­vo­cacy across the three AgForce com­modi­ties, com­mu­ni­ca­tions, projects teams and school-to-in­dus­try part­ner­ships pro­gram.

The bursary is spon­sored by the Mara­noa Gra­ziers Trust.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FI­NAN­CIAL HELP: Mitchell merino stud breeder Felicity Brump­ton will re­ceive a $5000 ed­u­ca­tion schol­ar­ship as the win­ner of the an­nual Gus McGown bursary.

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