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Matthew George lived in the Lake Goldsmith Stockyard Hill area in Victoria all his life. He attended primary and secondary schools in Beaufort before transferring to Ballarat College in year 11. At age 19 he purchased a property about 7 kilometres from his parents’ farm. Matthew died in November 2007 aged 21 as a result of a motor vehicle crash close to home.

From the time Matthew could walk he was his father’s shadow. Matthew embraced farm life from that point on. He was a natural at handling stock whether it be sheep or cattle but as he grew older, cattle (and Black Angus cattle in particular) became his passion. He loved to prepare his animals for the show ring and the sale ring and provided the same service to other leading cattle studs in Victoria.

Matthew was like a sponge when it came to genetics. He would study every stud sale catalogue, American and Canadian Angus Journals and kept them as a ready reference. When Matthew went to a Stud cattle sale he would already have chosen the cattle he would like to purchase. He wasn’t successful in purchasing all the cattle he liked because the ones he had selected usually went for the highest prices.

Matthew’s dream was to travel to Canada on a working holiday. He wanted to stay at some of the Stud ranches where they welcomed the help and in exchange gave you a first-hand experience on how their operation worked. Matthew really wanted to see the Angus genetics in Canada as he believed this was where his own Angus Stud would benefit the most. His quest was to find the magic genetics that would elevate his Stud Stock to be the breeding stock that other cattle breeders wanted to place in their breeding herds

Following Matthew’s death, the Angus cattle family of Australia rallied together, along with local business from Beaufort and Ballarat area in Victoria, to form The Matthew George Young Stockman Award in his memory.

In September 2008, a Dinner and Auction was held following the Angus Judging Day at the Royal Melbourne Show (one of Matthew’s favourite arenas). It was an euphoric night, with donations ranging from elite Angus semen, embryos and heifers, travel vouchers, tanks, 4WD motorbike sprayers, farm clothing and bus hire to a cruise down the Yarra River, as well as many other items being put up for auction.

The Chiller family hosted the Dinner and Auction at the Treacy Function Centre in Parkville, Padthaway Estate provided the wines, and many of Matthew’s school friends donated their time to wait tables and serve drinks. For many of Matthew’s family and friends and his Angus cattle family, it was a night everyone thought might be sad, but instead, the atmosphere in the room was electric and helped play a part in the grieving process for many who were there that night. The auction raised close to $90,000 for the establishment of the “Matthew George Young Stockman Award.”

With the help of The Ballarat Foundation, the Matthew George Young Stockman Award Sub-Fund was established. The Ballarat Foundation manages the applications and distribution of funds to the successful applicants, following recommendations from the Award Judging Panel.

 

 

the award

live your dream

This annual Award is offered nationally in July with the winner being announced at the Royal Melbourne Show. The Award provides an opportunity for young breeders, aged 18 to 25 years, to undertake an overseas study tour of beef cattle breeding programs, developments and practices. As well, they act as young ambassadors for the beef cattle industry in Australia.

“Our humble and heartfelt thanks to everyone who participated in establishing this Award. Your generosity is enabling the future generation of young Australian Cattle Breeders to broaden their global knowledge of the Beef Cattle Industry. We can all share with pride and joy the transformation of the Award Winners on their return.

They have greater self-confidence and knowledge of the cattle industry as well as a network of newfound friends and industry leaders in other countries with whom they can share their passion for cattle breeding over a lifetime.  Their journeys have been amazing.”

– Lorraine George

 

Award Winners

2017 Aimee Bolton & Caitlin Chester

2016 Natalie Grylls

2015 Jake Taylor and Josh McRae

2014 Jackie Elliott

2013 Kate Henne & Shannon Lawlor

2012 Cameron Cutler

2011 Tahnee Manton

2010 Rachel Wheeler

2009 Clare Bruggemann

award application & criteria

Applications are now open.  Applications close at close of business July 31, 2017.

For reference, you can download the award criteria here

 



Matthew George Young Stockman 2017 Recipients

posted by Kathy Horvat, 24 Nov 2017

It is with great pleasure that The Ballarat Foundation & United Way Ballarat, together with Lorraine and David George, announce for the first time, two winners of the Matthew George Young Stockman award for 2017. The 2017 recipients, Ms Aimee Bolton and Ms Caitlin Chester, were amazing candidates and had both demonstrated passion and desire …read more

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2016 matthew george young stockman award winner announced

posted by Pam McKee, 26 Sep 2016

Natalie Grylls is this year's the recipient of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award.

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applications open for young stockman award 2016

posted by Pam McKee, 09 Jun 2016

The Matthew George Young Stockman Award provides an opportunity for young breeders, aged 18 to 25 years, to undertake an overseas study tour of beef cattle breeding programs, developments and practices. They also act as young ambassadors for the beef cattle industry in Australia.

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Matthew George Young Stockman Award winner tells her story

posted by Pam McKee, 23 May 2016

matthew george                    young stockman award winner tells her story   Matthew George, Stockyard Hill, Victoria was tragically killed in a car accident in 2007, at 21 years of age. His absolute love of animals, thirst for knowledge and passion for breeding was coupled with his dream to …read more

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young stockman award 2015

posted by Pam McKee, 28 Sep 2015

Jake Taylor from the Hamilton district and Josh McRae from Grahamvale near Shepparton are joint recipients of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2015.

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applications open for young stockman award

posted by Pam McKee, 11 Jun 2015

The Matthew George Young Stockman Award provides an opportunity for young breeders, aged 18 to 25 years, to undertake an overseas study tour of beef cattle breeding programs, developments and practices. They also act as young ambassadors for the beef cattle industry in Australia.

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two young stockwomen head to study tour

posted by Pam McKee, 13 Jan 2015

In 2015, two Victorian women will tour North America as winners of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award. Jackie Elliott from Byaduk near Hamilton was the recipient in 2014 with a particular interest in the education of youth in beef practices, whilst Kate Henne from Yan Yean, co-award winner in 2013, will be exploring the stud cattle industry in the USA and Canada.

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victorian woman to tour texas as this year’s young stockman award winner

posted by Pam McKee, 08 Oct 2014

Jackie Elliott from Byaduk near Hamilton in Victoria is this year's recipient of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2014.

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shannon lawlor on tour

posted by Pam McKee, 24 Aug 2014

Shannon Lawlor, recipient of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2013, recently returned from his education tour in the US where he studied best practice for cattle breeding and management. This photo shows one of the bulls that Shannon encountered on his tour. Shannon kept a detailed diary of his travels and learning which you can read at https://www.facebook.com/shannonlawlorsblog

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matthew george young stockman award winners 2013

posted by Pam McKee, 02 Oct 2013

Not one but two young cattle enthusiasts are this year's recipients of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award. Kate Henne from Yan Yean in Victoria. Shannon Lawlor from Schofields in New South Wales.

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matthew george young stockman award 2012

posted by Pam McKee, 01 Oct 2012

The winner of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2012 is Cameron Cutler, a passionate young property and stud cattle manager from Neerim South in Victoria. The Award was presented at the Royal Melbourne Show at the conclusion of the Angus judging in the 
Cattle Pavilion by Geoff Sharp, CEO of The Ballarat Foundation.

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matthew george young stockman award 2011

posted by Pam McKee, 25 Oct 2011

The winner of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2011 is Ms Tahnee Manton a young breeder from Inverell in New South Wales.

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matthew george young stockman award 2010

posted by Pam McKee, 25 Oct 2010

Ms Rachael Wheeler a young cattle breeder from Dubbo in New South is named the 2010 Matthew George Young Stockman Award winner. Living in Rural NSW city of Dubbo, Rachael was first introduced to the cattle industry by her aunt, Lyn Frecklington, who took Rachael and her younger sister to an Angus Youth Roundup at Albury Wodonga. In her own words Rachael was "completely hooked", with cattle being the focus of her life ever since.

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matthew george young stockman award 2009

posted by Pam McKee, 25 Oct 2009

The inaugural Matthew George Young Stockman Award winner was announced at the VSC Angus Dinner held in the Port Phillip Room at the Royal Melbourne Show last Thursday evening, 24th September. Ms Clare Bruggemann a young breeder and University Student from Mallala in South Australia flew to Melbourne to receive the award.

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