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victorian woman to tour texas as

                young stockman award winner 2014

Jackie Elliott from Byaduk near Hamilton in Victoria is this year’s recipient of the Matthew George Young Stockman Award for 2014.

Jackie graduated with a Diploma of Agriculture specialising in Beef production from the Australian Agricultural College Corporation, Emerald, Queensland.

Jackie has been working with cattle from a young age on her family’s stud which runs a commercial herd of 150 Brangus, Angus and Ultra Black cattle along with 800 ewes.

Since graduating, Jackie has worked with Elders Victoria and continued her training in many aspects of the cattle industry.  She has been heavily involved with showing cattle at shows around the country and in various volunteer roles.

During her study tour with the Award, Jackie plans to visit Texas where they are running several programs aimed at educating youth in beef practices.  She is planning to attend the highly respected Texas A&M Beef Cattle Short Course as well as the Texas 4-H Livestock Ambassador Program, gaining valuable knowledge about beef cattle production and learning to become an advocate for the industry.  Whilst in Texas, Jackie also plans to take the opportunity to visit other Brangus and Beef ranches.  Jackie is also planning to visit companies in Russia or China to understand the development of their cattle industries utilising Australian breeding stock.

This year’s recipient was announced at the Royal Melbourne Show on Monday by the CEO of The Ballarat Foundation, Geoff Sharp, in company with Matthew’s parents, David and Lorraine George and 2013 recipient Shannon Lawler who has just returned from his study tour.

Shannon presented Jackie with a custom made belt buckle to congratulate her on the award.

The community will be able to follow Jackie on her study tour via Facebook and blogs.  Jackie’s blog can be followed on Facebook here