Katie Anderson from Yarroweyah took out the coveted Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship worth $10,000 at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.
KATIE Anderson from Yarroweyah was awarded the coveted Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship at this year’s Royal Melbourne Show.
The 18-year old is provided with a $10,000 travel bursary to visit dairy regions in Asia, New Zealand and the US.
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.
The scholarship gives an emerging dairy industry leader the opportunity to gain insight into global agricultural and food industries.
Ms Anderson has grown up on her family’s Sun Vale Holstein and Red Holstein stud and has had considerable success competing at International Dairy Week, regional shows and Royal Shows across Australia.
She was also awarded the titles of Supreme Champion Parader and Senior Champion Parader in the DairyYouth Handlers Classic at this year’s show.
Conducted by The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the show is Victoria’s largest and most iconic annual community event.
Celebrating the best in food and agriculture, the show has a long history of educating and entertaining families, while providing an opportunity to connect rural and urban communities.
Claiming a coveted blue ribbon is a significant highlight for the thousands of exhibitors from livestock and their handlers, show horses and their riders, from the most intricate creations of the art, craft and cookery entrants to the skill of the woodchoppers.
Each year the show features thousands of animals including cows, alpacas, sheep, pigs, horses and dogs, and children of all ages get a chance to get up close and personal with the baby animals in the Jayco Animal Nursery.
The Art, Craft and Cookery Pavilion had one of the largest displays of handcrafts in Victoria, with more than 4000 exhibits.
There were the usual rides for those who have a bit of dare-devil in them and of course for the children (and some adults) the enormous array of showbags on offer was simply mind boggling.
The iconic firework display that is put on each night is truly stunning and a perfect way to end a fun-filled day.
LOCAL WOODCHOPPER: Bryce Willoughby from Wangaratta competed in the show’s woodchop championships.
SLEEPY SHEEP: These sleepy lambs were getting in some well-earned rest.
CHAMPION FLEECE – This Merino fleece – Midlands from the Central and Upper Goulburn District was awarded one of the Champion Fleece Ribbons.