Rochester stu­dent wins RASV travel schol­ar­ship

Dairy News Australia - - NEWS / VICTORIA -

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.

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