Opportunity of a lifetime for young people in the dairy industry
The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia have come together to provide young people intending to pursue a career in the dairy industry with the opportunity to take part in a farm visit and educational tour in Holland and join an Australian team taking part in the annual European Young Breeders School in Battice, Belgium from 26th August to 6th September this year.
The European Young Breeders School is an annual five-day event run by the Association Wallonne de l'Elevage (AWE). It involves hands-on workshops including bedding, showmanship & clipping, as well as classroom-based sessions such as marketing and herd promotion. After three days of workshops and practice, participants put their skills to the test in stock judging, showmanship & calf classes.
Trip organiser, Justin Johnston of Glomar Holsteins, is putting together a five-strong Australian team to take part in the 2019 European Young Breeders School and a three-day tour through Holland to include visits to Alta Genetics, Lely and several farms in what is regarded as one of the world’s most productive dairy regions. All flights, accommodation and costs of attending the school are included.
“Applications are open to 16 to 25-year old’s from all dairy breeds who are planning on a future career in the dairy industry,” says Mr Johnston. “This is the twentieth year that the European Young Breeders School has taken place, and it has become the international reference point for training and show preparation, with many European countries entering national teams year-on-year.”
The initiative has attracted support from the Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria, Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia.
“The Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria is pleased to support the initiative and in particular, the development of youth. We are excited to partner with Jersey Australia and Holstein Australia to provide this unique and rewarding opportunity for five future leaders of the dairy industry,” says Paul Guerra, CEO, Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria.
“Jersey Australia is excited by the opportunity to get behind and support an Australian group to attend the European Young Breeders School. The trip will be an exciting opportunity for young people in dairying to demonstrate and hone their skills amongst their global peers,” says Glen Barrett, GM, Jersey Australia.
“This really is the opportunity of a lifetime for a young person looking to make their future in the dairy industry,” says Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan. “Not only is it a great learning opportunity, but it is a chance for to showcase the skills and knowledge of our young dairy men and women on the European stage.”
Applications close Monday 14th April, with interviews for successful applicants to take place late April either face-to-face in Melbourne or via video-conference for applicants from other states.
Who can enter?
Entry is open to Australian residents aged 16 to 25 years on 26th August 2019. Applicants must have a track record that demonstrates a high level of skill and expertise in the preparation of cattle for showing and an intention to continue working or develop a career in the dairy industry.
Applications are invited from people representing all Australian dairy breeds from all states and territories. To be eligible for the trip applicants must be able to travel between 24th August and 11th September 2019.
How to enter?
Application should be made via email to email@example.com by the closing date of Monday 14 April. Applications must include a covering letter of up to 300 words and two-page resume, to include both a personal and dairy industry referee. The covering letter must demonstrate:
Your intention to pursue or continue a career in the dairy industry.
Why you believe you should be chosen to represent Australia at the European Young Breeders School 2019.
What you hope to learn from taking part in the European Young Breeders School and three-day educational tour
Entries must be received by 5pm on Monday 14th April 2019. Interviews for shortlisted candidates will take place shortly afterwards with the successful applicants announced on 7th May 2019. The European Young Breeders School takes place in Battice, Belgium, from 26th August to 6th September, followed by a three-day educational tour taking in some of Holland’s premium dairy regions. Dates of travel to and from Australia are to be confirmed.