Pas­sion for in­dus­try earns young gun a US schol­ar­ship

The Western Star - - RURAL WEEKLY - CASSANDRA GLOVER [email protected]­ral­

ANNABELLE But­ler’s pas­sion for beef has landed her an in­dus­try schol­ar­ship at a univer­sity in the United States.

The Kansas State Univer­sity is one the best agri­cul­tural uni­ver­si­ties in the US, and the schol­ar­ship will al­low Miss But­ler to at­tend the univer­sity for one se­mes­ter.

Miss But­ler will have ac­cess to the univer­sity’s own seed­stock and com­mer­cial herd, feed­lot, feed mill, bril­liant teach­ing fa­cil­i­ties and high-qual­ity teach­ing staff.

She will also have the op­por­tu­nity to en­joy cam­pus ac­tiv­i­ties and ex­pe­ri­ence the lo­cal life of beef pro­duc­ers and agribusi­nesses in the area.

Miss But­ler grew up on a mixed farm­ing oper­a­tion on the Dar­ling Downs and in north­ern New South Wales.

“It was mostly crop­ping and cat­tle on the side,” Miss But­ler said.

“I was in­volved in beef as much as I could be. I was in­volved in the in­ter-col­le­giate meat judg­ing com­pe­ti­tion in 2017.

“It’s some­thing that I was pas­sion­ate about and al­ways in­ter­ested in.

“There are a lot of ex­cit­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties in the beef in­dus­try and it has a lot of po­ten­tial.”

From the age of 10, Miss But­ler was in­volved in sev­eral Queens­land Youth Cat­tle Con­fer­ences both as a del­e­gate and as a vol­un­teer, as­sist­ing younger par­tic­i­pants in han­dling, herds­man­ship and com­pe­ti­tion.

After study­ing An­i­mal Pro­duc­tion and Agribusi­ness at the Univer­sity of Queens­land, the 22-year-old grad­u­ated last year.

She spent 2018 work­ing for Teys Aus­tralia in a live­stock strate­gic oper­a­tions role and then a qual­ity con­trol po­si­tion.

She has now fin­ished up her role and is liv­ing on the fam­ily farm in Croppa Creek in north­ern New South Wales be­fore leav­ing for Kansas in Jan­uary.

“I’m hop­ing to learn about the in­dus­try in gen­eral over there,” Miss But­ler said.

“Where they’re at with the pro­duc­tion sys­tems and tech­nol­ogy.

“And also for the ed­u­ca­tion and uni ex­pe­ri­ence, to see how it works and what sort of sub­jects they teach.

“There are also a lot of im­por­tant peo­ple over there who in­flu­ence the beef in­dus­try. So it will be in­ter­est­ing to meet some of them.”

After be­ing based in Bris­bane for work, Miss But­ler said when she gets back she hopes to go back to the land.

“I would pre­fer to be on a prop­erty some­where on the pro­duc­tion end of the beef in­dus­try,” she said.

“I’d like to com­bine cat­tle con­sul­tancy with beef pro­duc­tion.

“I want to be on a farm.”


YOUNG GUN: Annabelle But­ler has re­ceived a beef in­dus­try schol­ar­ship to study at Kansas State Univer­sity next year.

Annabelle But­ler has been around beef her whole life.

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