Liz Wales and Naomi Leahy heading to LIVEXchange

August 2, 2017 12:00 pm

Liz Wales and Naomi Leahy have been awarded the 2017 Angus Australia Foundation LIVEXchange Scholarships and will travel to Perth in November to attend LIVEXchange 2017.

The Angus Australia Foundation was pleased to offer members of Angus Youth the opportunity to participate in the LIVEXchange 2017. The scholarship was open to all 18-30 year olds, with a strong interest in the export industry and the Australian beef industry.

Growing up on her family’s farm at Meandarra in Queensland breeding both commercial and Angus and Angus cross cattle has inspired Miss Wales to follow a career path in agriculture, with a focus on the beef industry.

Miss Wales is currently studying a Bachelor of Agribusiness at the University of New England. Upon completion of this degree in October Miss Wales hopes to gain employment in the beef industry, in particular in herd management or live export.

“I’m looking forward to gaining extra knowledge about Australia’s current international trade relationships, any opportunities Australia could take advantage of and potential threats that could arise and how Australia plans to mitigate these,” she says.

Hailing from Bedfordale in Western Australia, Miss Leahy is currently studying honours in Animal Science at Murdoch University, with plans to complete her PhD in beef production in the coming years.

Miss Leahy has recently completed a project investigating the effects of magnesium on weight gain and dark cutting in cattle on Tasmania’s King Island.

Her experience with Angus cattle comes from the time spent from working at the Kylagh Feedlot, where upwards of 50% of the 6,000 head on feed are Angus.

Miss Leahy is hoping to expand her knowledge of the export industry by attending LIVEXchange 2017, giving her a better understanding of where Australia is currently sitting in the live export market and to better understand the challenges faced by the industry.

“The live export industry is one that involves many interesting aspects from animal management to politics to managing consumer demands,’ Miss Leahy said.

‘I find these topics highly interesting and hope to learn a lot more about them the LIVEXchange 2017,’ she said.

Angus Australia Marketing and Communications Manager Diana Wood said that providing young Angus and beef industry enthusiasts the opportunity to attend events such as LIVEXchange 2017 are about expanding their knowledge of the industry and being able to take what they learn from these events back into their professions.

‘These events are all about sharing information and insight into the livestock export trade, breaking down knowledge barriers, being open about industry challenges and demonstrating industry’s commitment and ongoing effort to improve animal welfare in supply chains,’ said Mrs Wood.

‘At Angus Australia we are committed to supporting youth in agriculture and in particular youth with an interest in Angus cattle. To be in position for the Angus Foundation to offer scholarships to industry events such as LIVEXchange 2017 means Angus Australia is encouraging and assisting the involvement of young people in the Australian beef industry and providing professional development opportunities for young beef breeders’, she said.