LambEx is an annual celebration of all things great in the Australian sheep and lamb industries and part of the celebration is the naming of finalists in the Young Guns competition.
The aim of the LambEx Young Guns Competition is to recognise and encourage
young and upcoming industry professionals, producers and scientists to
consider a future or ongoing career in the Australian lamb industry.
Deanna Johnston, our shearing YFC currently working in Longreach, was runner-up in this competition in 2014, and in 2018 we are proud to announce that another YFC, Danila Marini, is a finalist. Danila works in the field of animal (and in particular, sheep) welfare research:
To be named a Young Gun is exciting.
I’m so glad to be given the chance to talk about the opportunities and the bright future
of the Australian Wool and sheepmeat industry. I think Young Guns is important
as it gives young people within the industry the ability to be involved
and learn new skills.
But it’s not only our YFC making waves as finalists. Hannah Haupt from Calvary Christian College in Brisbane was part of the Grand Champion Archibull Team in 2017, when the school studied the wool industry, and she is a finalist in the high school division.
Here’s what LambEx says about Hannah:
Hannah has qualified for the 2018 Queensland Young Judges State Meat Sheep Finals
and received a Scholarship to Queensland Agricultural Colleges TASTE program.
This was the 2017 EKKA Young Judges (junior) Scholarship. This scholarship covers
many areas of agriculture including sheep and lamb. Hannah plays an active part
in her school’s Junior Ag program, helping out regularly with a variety of sheep
husbandry and paddock maintenance. She is very passionate about the sheep and lamb industry and would gladly consider having a career in the sheep and lamb
industry in the near future.
When we survey our Young Farming Champions one of the key messages they send us is a desire to reach out and connect with someone who has walked in their shoes, to have a conversation with a peer or to be mentored. This is part of the Art4Agriculture vision, so it is very exciting for us to announce that Deanna will mentor Hannah and give her valuable insights into the Young Guns competition.
At LambEx, to be held in Perth from August 5-7, Danila and Hannah will make a four minute presentation to judges discussing their current role and potential future in the sheep and lamb industry. Good luck girls. We wish you both success.
Cheering them on from the sidelines will be Young Farming Champions Adele Offley and Chloe Dutschke travelling to Perth to ensure they are up-to-date with the opportunities for wool producers.
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