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              young Stockman award winners 2013

Not one but two young cattle enthusiasts are this year’s recipients of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award.

This Award was established in memory of Matthew George, a young man from Stockyard Hill near Beaufort, who was tragically taken in a car accident in November 2007 at 21 years of age.

Matthew had an absolute love of animals together with a thirst for knowledge and a passion for breeding.  Matthew’s dream was to travel overseas to study developments in beef cattle breeding and to bring this knowledge back to Australia to enhance our herds by sharing this knowledge with fellow breeders.

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

This year’s recipients were announced at the Royal Melbourne Show on Saturday by the CEO of the Ballarat Foundation, Geoff Sharp, in company with Matthew’s parents, David and Lorraine George.

The two recipients this year are:

Kate Henne from Yan Yean in Victoria.

Kate has recently graduated with a Bachelor of Agriculture & Land Management and has been involved with the cattle industry from a young age on her family’s beef farm.

Kate has been working at Ashwood Park Charolais stud breaking in their Melbourne Show team as well as working to get her own Poll Herefords to this year’s Whiteface feature at Melbourne Show.  Kate has also recently started her own business, KL Agricultural Services.

During her study tour, Kate plans to explore the stud cattle industry closer, in terms of breeding selection, feed and overall presentation.  She also wants to develop greater knowledge of cropping seasons and pasture techniques, and incorporating cattle for grazing to hay/silage production.  Kate also plans to attend youth cattle events to pick up new ideas to incorporate at home.

Shannon Lawlor from Schofields in New South Wales.

Shannon recently completed a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture, with his final Research Project involving control of parasites in lambs.  He currently works at Watson’s Coldstore (Sydney) as a Quality Assurance Officer and also owns a small Black Simmental Stud on the outskirts of Sydney, where he plans to produce and market the beef and leather goods produced by his current herd.

Shannon has been involved in preparing and showing cattle since 2006, with much work experience and professional experience throughout the cattle industry as well as with race horses, pigs, lambs and poultry.

Through the Award, Shannon will travel to the USA and Canada, visiting world renowned experts in livestock husbandry, breeding and marketing of beef cattle.  His tour will include visits to research and breeding facilities as well as cattle enterprises.

The community will be able to follow Kate and Shannon on their study tours via Facebook and blogs.  Access to these will be available through the Ballarat Foundation’s website www.ballaratfoundation.org in 2014.