Who’s headed to ARCBA?

October 23, 2019 3:23 pm

Damien Thomson, Rebecca George and Ruby Canning have all recently be selected for the Angus Youth ARCBA Young Breed Leaders Workshop Scholarship, provided by the Angus Foundation. 

Taking place next week, the ARCBA Young Breed Leaders Workshop is comprehensive workshop over 2 ½ days in Armidale, NSW, hosted by the Australian Registered Cattle Breeders Association.  The workshop is will cover various topics including; management training and simulation of a board environment; the digital technologies of the future at the “Smart Farm”; case studies with successful breeders using the latest genetic technologies; a Project design exercise and legal responsibilities for Directors of incorporated Breed Societies.

About the recipients:

Damien Thomson, Berremangra, NSW, has a background in the agricultural industry through his family commercial and seedstock Angus operations, where he is involved within the management of the herds.  Mr Thomson is currently studying a Bachelor of Agricultural and Resource Economics, whilst undertaking work experience with Meat and Livestock Australia.  

Mr Thomson said the following in regard to attending the ARCBA conference. 

“I would like to attend this workshop to develop my knowledge and skills that will help me improve and grow the family Angus stud after university.”  





Rebecca George hails from Nevertire, NSW, and currently studies a Bachelor of Agriculture/Bachelor of Business majoring in International Business at the University of New England.   

Miss George has been involved in the beef cattle industry since childhood, competing in youth cattle shows and junior judging competitions.  She has also worked internationally for agricultural contractors, as well as domestically in positions as farm hands on her family farm and on an Angus stud.   

Miss George looks to utilise the information provided at the workshop within her future employment. 

“I would like to attend this workshop to further my professional skillset and knowledge of the beef sector and to help me be job ready for the future of our industry.” 



Ruby Canning is a sixth-generation beef cattle producer, and co-owner of Mavstar Simmentals, Red Angus and Photography, Mortlake VIC.  She is currently studying a Bachelor of Agriculture and Bachelor of Business majoring in marketing at the University of New England.  Miss Canning aspires to have a career involved in supply chain management and is invested in developing her interest in effective business networking and industry insights. 

Miss Canning looks forward to in the insight to be gained from the workshop. 

“I believe the workshop will give me an eye-opening insight into management roles within the beef industry and open up a new perspective upon breed development and opportunities that are available,” said Miss Canning. 

“In particular I hope to gain an understanding of the opportunities for younger producers to lead the way of breed development and modern technologies.” 

Each recipient will submit a report on return from the workshop regarding their take homes from the event.