Charles Sturt University student Rebecca Wyper is passionate about the dairy industry and, through the help of Murray Dairy, she has been able to grow her passion into a successful career.
The 25-year-old has been working full-time with the Murray Dairy team, learning industry and business skills first hand as part of CSU’s industry placement program.
‘‘I’m very passionate about the dairy industry; I really enjoy all aspects of the industry and it’s a career I want to pursue,’’ Miss Wyper said.
‘‘I’ve been spending quite a bit of time with everyone in the office and I’m really enjoying it.
‘‘I’ve learnt a lot and it has exposed me to opportunities that are in the industry which I didn’t know about before working here.’’
Miss Wyper grew up on a beef farm in Picton (90km south-west of Sydney).
When her mother started sharefarming on a dairy farm, Miss Wyper would help after school and on weekends.
Miss Wyper studied agriculture at Tocal College, NSW, and worked in the beef industry before moving and working on a dairy farm on the NSW mid-north coast.
She managed the calf shed and then became herd manager of the 1000-cow enterprise.
In 2014 she moved to Wagga Wagga to study a Bachelor of Agriculture Science at CSU.
Scott Glyde, who convenes the CSU internship program, explained the benefits of continuing studying for a fourth year.
‘‘Students can finish after three years with a Bachelor of Agriculture or they can do a fourth year and get a Bachelor of Agriculture Science — the fourth year is about gaining industry skills,’’ Mr Glyde said.
Miss Wyper is completing the industry placement program with mentor and Murray Dairy Accelerating Change project manager Amy Fay.
While at Murray Dairy, Miss Wyper has been leading her own project, which has seen her interviewing farmers in the region about how they make decisions regarding their genetics strategy.
She aims to identify the drivers of farmer decision making and where their information comes from, with her findings helping to inform Murray Dairy programs.
Miss Wyper will also work alongside Ms Fay to help deliver Murray Dairy’s Accelerating Change project.