Schol­ar­ship goes to local woman

Euroa Gazette - - 2018 YEAR IN REVIEW -

A BORN and bred farmer from the North East, Re­becca Dean, has been awarded an in­tern­ship with Angus Aus­tralia.

Ms Dean, whose fam­ily runs an Angus and poll Here­ford farm just out­side of Euroa, is a Charles Sturt Uni­ver­sity stu­dent, and one of two ap­pli­cants to be se­lected.

The $5000 in­tern­ship is co-funded by both Angus Aus­tralia and the Gra­ham Cen­tre for Agri­cul­tural In­no­va­tion.

Ms Dean is in her sec­ond year study­ing a Bach­e­lor of Agri­cul­tural Science, and she re­cently spent six weeks in the United States at­tend­ing Texas Tech Uni­ver­sity where she worked on Aus­tralian re­search in meat lab­o­ra­to­ries.

She also coached the CSU team for the In­ter­col­le­giate Meat Judg­ing Com­pe­ti­tion (ICMJ).

“I re­ally love be­ing in­volved in all as­pects of the beef in­dus­try, and when the in­tern­ship came up I thought it was an op­por­tu­nity I couldn’t miss,” she said.

Miss Dean is hop­ing to learn more about Angus ge­net­ics through the pro­gram, and also en­hance her car­case knowl­edge.

“I’ve worked in the abat­toirs be­fore, all to learn more,” she said.

“I’m pas­sion­ate about the qual­ity of the meat an Angus has – they are the best in the in­dus­try.”

The joint pro­gram be­tween the Gra­ham Cen­tre and Angus Aus­tralia al­lows in­terns to be in­volved in the CSU co-op­er­a­tor herd, as part of the Angus Sire Bench­mark­ing Pro­gram (ASBP).

The in­terns will as­sist with the Ar­ti­fi­cial Insem­i­na­tion (AI) of the CSU co-op­er­a­tor Angus herd, and will be col­lect­ing calv­ing de­tails.

They will also have a short-term place­ment at Angus Aus­tralia, and will be in­volved in ma­jor events such as the 2019 Angus Youth Na­tional Roundup and the 2019 Angus Na­tional Con­fer­ence.

“It is great to see such a high level of in­ter­est in the in­tern­ship this year, and we look for­ward to hav­ing Re­becca work­ing with us over the course of 2018 and 2019,” Angus Aus­tralia strate­gic projects man­ager, Chris­tian Duff, said.

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