young stockman award 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. The annual Award seeks to provide the opportunity for the recipient to undertake an overseas study tour with the aim of improving Australian beef cattle breeding practices.
At the tender age of 8, Cameron set his eyes on owning his own stud after visiting a bull sale with his Dad. Since then he has been learning all he can about breeding cattle and has been successfully competing in many steer competitions – it wasn’t long before he had won 4 junior producer championships and the prestigious Elizabeth Meredith Memorial for Supreme Champion Steers!
Cameron has bred 6 show steers over the past 8 years from a Gelmaster cow given to him. Four of these won Reserve Champion at the Pakenham Steer competitions. Cameron has also been involved with preparing and showing cattle for several studs around the state.
From the age of 12, Cameron competed in many junior judging competitions, winning the 15 – 25 year old section at the Yarram Show at the age of 14. Since then, Cameron has been able to judge at many local agricultural shows, the Red Angus National Show in 2010 as well as the Christchurch AP show. One highlight of Cameron’s career was the honour of leading in the feature lot at the Ebony Lodge Gelbvieh Dispersal (at the end of the Lodge’s showing career) which was one of the original show cows exhibited by Ebony Lodge. Cameron is keen to rebuild the Gelbvieh society in Victoria and is currently State Secretary. He is working hard to re-establish the breed in the state.
In Years 11 and 12, Cameron completed a Certificate II in Agriculture and then went on to complete a Diploma of Agronomy, a Diploma of Agriculture and Certificates in Artificial Insemination, Chemical Users, Welding and ATV.
Cameron is passionate about working with young people; those who will be the leaders of the future. He helps train junior players at his local cricket club where he also plays. He is also a major supporter of the Team H Cattle Care program for young people learning to prepare cattle for showing.
Sonia King from Team H Cattle Care has been very impressed with Cameron’s input into the program: “Cameron is a skilled young man in the beef industry who has the passion & depth of knowledge that most people will never experience. His openness and willingness to pass on his knowledge and to help others is a credit to him. He is an excellent ambassador for the beef industry because he will always nurture it to the best of his ability.”
Cameron intends to study the Club Calf/4H program in America and Canada, as well as other breeding societies and practices of feeding in abnormal climatic conditions in other countries. On his return, Cameron is keen to share his new knowledge and to progress the cattle industry in Australia to the best of his ability.