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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 travel overseas to study developments in beef cattle breeding and to bring this knowledge back to Australia to enhance herds by sharing this knowledge with fellow breeders.

The Matthew George Young Stockman Award (MGYSA) was established in 2008 as a sub-fund of The Ballarat Foundation to allow young breeders, aged 18 to 25 years, the opportunity to live out Matthew’s dream.

The annual award recipient is announced annually at the Royal Melbourne Show.  Jackie Elliott was the recipient of 2014 award and as the winner she was presented with a custom made belt buckle.

Here’s her story of her travels and time spent in America.

Education of Youth in Beef Practices

My name is Jackie Elliott; I was born and raised on a fifth generation beef and sheep property in central Victoria. I work in South West Victoria, providing livestock producers with farm supplies and animal health on farm and in store for Western AG. I spend most of my spare time on my parent’s farm at Byaduk, Victoria.  I am 23 years old and have recently returned home from an amazing beef industry study tour of North America after being the successful recipient of the 2014 Matthew George Young Stockman Award (MGYSA), a sub fund of The Ballarat Foundation…… Find out more about Jackie’s adventure in her full report including lots of photos

The story of when Jackie won the award is here