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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 to learn.

Both Aimee and Caitlin are widely respected as young upcoming breeders Australia wide and the opportunity for these young woman to undertake an overseas study tour of beef cattle breeding programs, cutting edge developments and best practices and bring them back to Australia will prove invaluable” said David George.

The Matthew George Young Stockman award is in its 8th year and was named after Matthew George, a young stockman who lived in the Lake Goldsmith Stockyard Hill in Victoria. From the time Matthew could walk, he was his father’s shadow embracing farm life and was a natural at handling stock. Matthew was fascinated with genetics and was like a sponge studying every stud sale catalogue, American and Canadian Angus Journals and kept them as references. Matthew’s dream was to travel to Canada on a working holiday staying at some of the stud ranches where he was to exchange labour for knowledge. Matthew did not get to live this dream and now the dream is alive through the award which supports young stockman to live their dream to undertake a study overseas.

Aimee has just left flown out to Canada this weekend to start her adventures and we wish her all the best and know that she will return with a new wealth of knowledge to share with the beef industry back home. You can follow her overseas adventures at her Aimee Bolton Matthew George Young Stockman Award Facebook page.

Caitlin plans to travel in the new year.