Young Farming Champions Muster June 2018 Week 3

This weeks top stories from our Young Farming Champions across the country

In the Field 

Wool Young Farming Champion Katherine Bain currently getting the Cow Girl Experience in Canada will take up her new role as a Production Analyst with Paraway Pastoral in their head office in Orange in August.

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Beef Young Farming Champion Tim Eyes is hosting his Archibull Prize School The Lakes College at his farm on 21st June 2018. Wow are they in for a treat

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Out of the Field.

Wool Young Farming Champions Peta Bradley and Caitlin Heppner caught up with Young Farmer Business Program  Team of Alex MacDonald and newly appointed Adele Henry whilst visiting Orange last week for The Archibull Prize.  Its was widely agreed that the Young Farmer Champions will be invaluable in promoting the opportunities available as part of the YFBP.  Megs Dunford from the DPI Schools Program also attended and gave an overview of how they support primary and secondary schools.

Aussie Farmers Foundation supported Young Farming Champion Jasmine Whitten stars in the latest Art4Agriculture video showing young people how they can become Eggsperts

Shoutout to #YouthVoices18 Dione Howard and Emma Turner who will be participating in Hour of Power at MerinoLink Conference in Goulburn. Awesome opportunity for young professionals to speak about their work and passions within the wool industry.  Read more here

#WearWool #LoveWool #WOOLisCOOL #YouthinAg

Wool Young Farming Champion Dione Howard will be visiting Moss Vale High School participating in The Archibull Prize 2018 to share her story and inspire next wool ambassadors

Young Farming Champions Jasmine Whitten, Lucy Collingridge and Meg Rice fly out to Argentina today for IFAMA conference. Find out more here and you can follow their journey on Facebook.

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Following in the footsteps of Young Farming Champion Bronwyn Roberts in 2013 Youth Voices Leadership Team member Anika Molesworth is the key note speaker tonight at the Marcus Oldham Leadership Course Dinner. Anika will be sharing her leadership journey through the 7 Forks in the Road that have led her to where she is today.

  1. Finding your fight
  2. Believing in yourself
  3. Backing yourself
  4. Finding your wolf pack
  5. Jump in to learn how to swim
  6. Never stop learning
  7. Having the courage of your convictions

Huge congratulations to Young Farming Champions Liz Lobsey and Emma Ayliffe who have recently been announced as finalists in the Adama Young Agronomist of the Year

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till next time share your stories with us using the hashtags #YouthVoices #Youthinag

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Dear Grandad

Don’t you just love it when industry celebrates young rising stars in agriculture  

Recently Target 100 Beef Young Farming Champion Bronwyn Roberts had the honour of  being invited to be the keynote speaker at the prestigious Marcus Oldham Rural Leadership Program and Australian Beef Industry Foundation Awards Dinner in June.

We at Art4Agriculuture are very proud of Bron who has committed her life to the red meat industry, as a farmer, land management officer and as an advocate for the sector.

Bron’s presentation was inspired by her Art4Agriculture blog ‘Shaped by yesterday and passionate about today’ which is a tribute to the impact her grandfather has had on her future

Bron has many talents it seems and poetry just happens to be one of them

To quell her nerves on the plane Bron penned this superb poem to her grandfather

This is my favourite verse

Dear Grandad

It’s been 20 years since you’ve been gone, Oh how the time’s flown by

So much has changed, so much is new, and there is so much to try

I wonder what you would think of me, youngest daughter of your youngest daughter

And if you’d want me in this field, following the path laid before her

I don’t tend garden, I don’t keep house, or take lunch to the men

I muster cattle, I build yards, make business decision and then….

I go to work to do what I love and help others to farm too

For this industry means as much to me as it did to you

So I’m here because of yesterday, shaped by those who came before me

But I’m passionate about today, and the tomorrow I can see

It’s been 20 years since you’ve been gone but I will not be sad

For I’m picking up where you left off

My dear Grandad

What’s yours?

 

Dear Grandad

It’s been so long since you’ve been gone; you’ve never seen our place

So much has changed, so much is new; old ways have been replaced

We use our agent to buy and sell, we rarely see a sale

We buy cattle over the internet, from photos on email

We work our cattle in steel yards, Mum’s iPad on her lap,

loaded with stock numbers, drench doses and our farm map

We weigh every animal and can predict the time of sale

Not afraid to change program halfway through or trading off the tail

No walk in dams, no traps yards, no horses and no workers

A trip to town and back again is not a rare occurrence

Having all our steers in one mob, all sizes big and small

And moving them from paddock to paddock so each year we spell them all

Dear Grandad

So much has changed since you’ve been gone; the world is not the same

We’re now perceived as vandals if we even pick up a chain

No more developing country or treating regrowth without permit

Yet if there’s coal under our farm they’ll turn it into a pit

There’s hidden cameras, propaganda and animal rights watching us

Our city cousins are demanding more but we’ve lost consumer trust

From your time as a young lad droving horses down Pitt Street

Jump to now and people think they don’t consume if they don’t eat meat

You proudly trained your horses for the men off fighting war

You sent them over on a boat, no protestors on the shore

Yet we send ships of animals to people who have less

And we are labelled murderers for trying to do our best

Dear Grandad

It’s been 20 years since you’ve been gone, Oh how the time’s flown by

So much has changed, so much is new, and there is so much to try

I wonder what you would think of me, youngest daughter of your youngest daughter

And if you’d want me in this field, following the path laid before her

I don’t tend garden, I don’t keep house, or take lunch to the men

I muster cattle, I build yards, make business decision and then….

I go to work to do what I love and help others to farm too

For this industry means as much to me as it did to you

So I’m here because of yesterday, shaped by those who came before me

But I’m passionate about today, and the tomorrow I can see

It’s been 20 years since you’ve been gone but I will not be sad

For I’m picking up where you left off

My dear Grandad

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Bronwyn (Bron) Roberts – June 2013

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