To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award, two winners were announced last night at The Royal Melbourne Show. Lilli Stewart and Lachlan Trustum were thrilled to be announced as winners at the Angus Cattle Features Show. They will both receive a travel grant to fund a study tour in Canada and the US.
Matthew George was a committed young farmer with a keen interest in Angus cattle breeding. He was tragically killed in a car accident in 2007 at the age of 21. His friends and family rallied in support and in 2008 set up a Sub Fund with the Ballarat Foundation in his honour.
Each year the award is given to a young stockman who shows leadership, commitment and passion in cattle genetics and breeding. The winner gains knowledge from industry leaders in other countries and is then able to establish a more global approach to breeding in Australia. Matthew’s legacy continues through other young farmers and the Angus cattle breeding industry in Australia has been strengthened through his passion.
Ballarat Foundation CEO Matt Jenkins said, “It’s wonderful to be able to recognise two outstanding young people in the cattle industry taking the total number of young people supported by this award to 15 throughout its 10 year history. To be able to honour the legacy of Matthew is exceptionally rewarding, and both Lachlan and Lilli show the passion for cattle, hard work and dedication to the industry that I’m sure Matthew would have been proud of.”