Holstein Australia's UK Exchange winner, Oakley Henry, with HYB Exchange winner Catherine Bunting at the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show in October 2019.
In January 2020 Holstein Australia will welcome Catherine Bunting, from the UK, the fourth recipient of the Holstein Young Breeders (HYB) Exchange.
Catherine, 20, is a member of the Derbyshire HYB Club. Her love for the dairy industry developed during her studies in agriculture at Newton Rigg College in 2015. Since starting a job with the Sterndale and Peak Holsteins, her enthusiasm has grown further over the last year and she has enjoyed learning lots of new skills.
The month-long trip down under will see her gain first-hand experience of its dairy industry. Her visit will include the Western Districts Youth Camp, staying on Holstein Australia member farms in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, participating in the Holstein Australia Youth Challenge and working with the Holstein Australia team at IDW. Catherine will also spend a day visiting Genetics Australia with a member of Holstein Australia.
The trip is an all-expenses-paid adventure, completely funded by Holstein UK and Holstein Australia, and is a chance to gain knowledge and experience of other cultures. As part of the exchange, an Australian young breeder will come over to the UK next September to coincide with some of the UK’s leading dairy events, such as UK Dairy Day, the Dairy Show and the All Breeds All Britain Calf Show.
Catherine said, “I am looking forward to seeing the differences between UK and Australian Farming, although I am mostly looking forward to meeting new people and going to the Youth Camp where everyone has the same interests but in such a vast and differing industry.”
A relative newcomer to HYB events, Catherine has competed at two weekend rallies and has enjoyed making new friends and learning new skills such as linear judging. She has also become part of the Sterndale and Peak showing and prepping team so regularly helps with washing, body clipping and halter breaking. Alongside developing these skills in Australia, Catherine is looking forward to learning about new cow families.
Catherine adds, “My particular interest is to find families that have great type and stature, have longevity with a good milk production but not necessarily the highest yield. I am also looking forward to making lifelong friends and contacts within the Australian dairy industry.”
Hannah Williams, Head of Events & Marketing at Holstein UK, commented, “HYB wishes Catherine an amazing trip of a lifetime down under. The Australian Exchange is a fantastic opportunity to see first-hand how the southern hemisphere dairy farming industry operates and the experience will be hugely beneficial - not only from a social and personal development point of view, but, most importantly, to develop breeding, husbandry, showmanship and dairy management skills. Seeing first-hand how Australian dairy farmers run their businesses and breed productive cattle, with different climates and production methods, is the best way to develop Catherine’s knowledge, skills and experience, which she can apply in practice on her return to the UK.”