Scholarship goes to local woman
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.