Dairy trip of a lifetime

October 03, 2017

Jim Conroy, Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship winner Michaela Thompson from Rochester and Mark O'Sullivan from the RASV.

Michaela Thompson of Rochester has been awarded the coveted Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship at the 2017 Royal Melbourne Show.

Ms Thompson, 23, is completing a commerce degree at Federation University and has a small stud, Sunrise Holsteins.

Her cows are run on a dairy farm her father manages at Rochester.

She started showing dairy cattle at just five years old and started Sunrise Holsteins 11 years ago.

Conducted by the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, the Dairy Youth Travel Scholarship offers future development and career opportunities, providing the recipient with a $10000 travel bursary to visit dairy regions in Asia, New Zealand or the United States.

The scholarship application process includes pre-show elements of an essay and panel interview, as well as competing in either the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show or the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic.

RASV chief executive officer Mark O’Sullivan said the scholarship gave an emerging dairy industry leader the opportunity to gain insight into global agricultural and food industries.

‘‘RASV is committed to providing and enhancing compelling opportunities for youth development and recognition for future leaders through the Royal Melbourne Show Dairy Cattle Competition,’’ Mr O’Sullivan said.

‘‘We congratulate Michaela and look forward to supporting her in her travels to international dairy regions.’’

In the Dairy Youth Handlers Classic, Georgia Sieben, Brindabella, was awarded Supreme Champion Parader.

In the All Breeds Elite Dairy Heifer Show, Justin Johnston’s Glomar McCutchen Annecy 5506 was presented Supreme Champion Heifer and Most Successful Holstein Heifer, with Most Successful Guernsey Heifer awarded to N. and M. Wilkie for Crookslea Showtime Doreen.

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