Rochester student wins RASV travel scholarship
ROCHESTER COMMERCE student and Holstein stud owner, Michaela Thompson, has been awarded the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show. Ms Thompson receives a $10 000 travel bursary to visit dairy regions in Asia, New Zealand or the USA, courtesty of the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria (RASV). The scholarship application process includes pre-Show elements of an essay and panel interview, as well as competing in either the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show or the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic. Michaela is currently completing a commerce degree at Federation University and has a small stud, Sunrise Holsteins, of which the cows are run on a dairy farm her father manages at Rochester. Michaela started showing dairy cattle when she was five and started Sunrise Holsteins 11 years ago. RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan said the scholarship gives an emerging dairy industry leader the opportunity to gain insight into global agricultural and food industries. In the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show, Justin Johnston’s Glomar McCutchen Annecy 5506 was presented Supreme Champion Heifer and Most Successful Holstein Heifer, with Most Successful Guernsey Heifer awarded to N & M Wilkie for Crookslea Showtime Doreen.
Semex Australia GM Jim Conroy, scholarship winner Michaela Thompson and RASV CEO Mark O’Sullivan.