Holstein Australia and Holstein UK have again joined forces to provide a young and aspiring Holstein breed enthusiast with a trip to the UK during September and October this year.
Holstein Australia CEO Rohan Butler said the exchange gives the winner the opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of how dairy farming in the UK compares to that of Australia and bring back vital understanding to develop their own career in agriculture.
“It’s a wonderful experience that offers opportunities to work on-farm, gain new skills, meet other Holstein enthusiasts, participate in a world-renowned show and of course some sight-seeing.” Rohan said.
The exchange, which returns after being suspended during the Covid pandemic, runs from September 10 until October 10, 2023, and this year’s winner will receive return air fares and hosted accommodation on Holstein UK members’ dairy farms throughout England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
The most recent (2019) exchange recipient, Oakley Henry from Wilara Holsteins, Gippsland, is encouraging young people to apply for this year’s program. He described it as a life-enhancing experience, with highlights being meeting people passionate about cows in another country and the different farming systems.
“While there are difference the similarities of loving and caring for a great cow, trying to feed her the best diet and make her look her best in the show ring, sticks with me.” said Oakley.
WHO CAN ENTER
Entry is open to Australian residents aged 18 to 30 years who can demonstrate a tangible connection with the Australian dairy industry. To be eligible for the exchange, applicants must be able to travel between September 8th and October 12th, 2023.
Holstein Australia membership is not a pre-requisite to apply for the exchange but the exchange recipient, if aged between 18 and 25, must be a Holstein Youth member at time of travel. A recipient aged between 26 and 30 must be either an Associate of Full Member at time of travel. Membership category details and costs are detailed on the Membership Application Form.
Previous recipients of the Holstein Australia Youth exchange are not eligible to enter, however unsuccessful applicants from previous years are welcome to apply for this year.
Applications are now open and close 5pm Friday 30th June
HOW TO ENTER
Send your written application by email to Amanda Glossop at firstname.lastname@example.org. Your application should include your resume and a cover letter (up to 300 words) addressing the points below:
Your knowledge and experience of Holstein breeding and dairy farming
Your current involvement in the dairy industry
Why you are passionate about Holstein cattle?
What you hope to learn from the Holstein Australia Youth UK exchange
Please include contact details of two referees: A dairy industry referee and a personal referee.
If you have any questions before applying the exchange, please email Amanda Glossop or contact the Holstein Australia office on 03 9835 7600.