Rachael Gawne, 22, has an Animal Science degree from Charles Sturt University, Wagga, and aspires to empowering producers to make management decisions to benefit flocks and increase returns.
She currently works with sheep industry consultant Sally Martin.
“I am not off a farm but have always had a love for agriculture and when I discovered the sheep industry, that was for me.’’
Rachael said the scholarship would enable her to “soak up’’ information on the sheep and wool industry.
Harrison Mulquiny, 21, Wooroonook, Vic, is interested in how different Merino bloodlines perform in varying environmental conditions.
He works on the family farm and helps manage the 500 Merino commercial ewe flock, with a micron average of 19.5 and average fleeceweight of 5.5kg.
“This will give me the opportunity to travel and network with industry members, and investigate new technology on pedigree tracking and genetics.’’
Emily Anderson, 24, graduated from the University of New England in 2012 and has worked in the family’s sheep and wool enterprise at Binda. She also works part-time for a local contract shearing team.
Miss Anderson’s career goal is to participate in industry networks and groups, and identify and implement improvements to the family farm business.
“I would like to take advantage of the opportunities this scholarship provides to expand my skill set and to gain a better understanding of the many facets of the sheep and wool industry,’’.
Josh Molloy has worked both on and off-farm in the sheep and wool industry since leaving school.
He applied for the scholarship with the expectation of meeting industry leaders and young people with a passion for sheep and wool.
“I would like to learn more about genetics, explore new technology and study the wool processing pipeline from farm to final product’’.
Runner-up was Manning Doughty, 27, a manager in a commercial livestock operation at Hay and Hillston.
Jayden works for Cousins Merino Services as well as operating Brimanna Poll Merino Stud.
Casey is currently working for the Commonwealth bank of Australia as a Commercial and Agricultural Analyst. Her team within Regional Agribusiness Banking is responsible for NSW and QLD, and work closely with a team in Parramatta that mirrors our work in other Australian states. Casey found the scholarship invaluable in terms of being recognised as a young industry leader in the Sheep and Wool Industry, having individuals/ growers/ companies approaching me for my view and input on industry issues.
Ben is the manager at Yarrawonga Merino Stud. The PWS scholarship gave Ben fantastic exposure to the Merino industry whilst building a network. Ben also gained insight from breeding values and education he gained through the experience of the scholarship.
Annabel is now working on her family property at Hay NSW. Building networks and exposure to innovation were her key advantages from gaining the scholarship.