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Beyond the Bale : September 2016
With a goal to work in agricultural trade and marketing, 21-year-old agribusiness student Katherine Bain is on the right path thanks to a 2016 Horizon Scholarship, supported by AWI. The Horizon Scholarship is an initiative of the Rural Industries R&D Corporation and aims to support the next generation of agricultural leaders. Katherine is studying at Marcus Oldham College and sees herself in a role developing networks and markets that attract new business for Australian farmers. Hailing from a family sheep farm 40km west of Ballarat, her background provides a perfect basis for this role. The Bains have been on the property since 1861, and Katherine’s parents David and Deb Bain currently run a flock of about 3,500 Merinos plus 4,500 crossbred sheep. The Merinos cut an average 18.5-micron fleece weighing slightly less than 5kg. “I’ve been involved in agriculture my entire life in many different ways, mainly helping on the farm but also being heavily involved in the local show at Beaufort,” Katherine said. Under the scholarship, AWI is supporting Katherine throughout the course of her studies by providing her with a financial bursary and professional support in the form of mentoring, professional development workshops and industry placement. “The real value of the Horizon Scholarship lies in gaining industry experience through work placements and networking,” she said. “I’m really interested in using that opportunity to follow the wool industry past the farm gate – being from a sheep farm it’s what I’ve grown up with and what I really love in agriculture.” The Horizon Scholars also travel to Canberra and other regional centres as a group for development meetings, which Katherine sees a lot of value in. “We learn about leadership and agriculture as an industry in Australia, and meeting the nine other 2016 Horizon scholars means we can bounce ideas off each other through the program. The Canberra meetings also feed in nicely to my interest in the trade and marketing sector of agriculture, particularly in promoting Australian products domestically and overseas.” MORE INFORMATION Applications for 2017 Horizon Scholarships open on 1 November. See www.rirdc.gov.au Sixth-generation farmer Katherine Bain of Stockyard Hill in the western districts of Victoria is the 2016 recipient of a Horizon Scholarship sponsored by AWI while she studies agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College. ON HORIZON NEXT GENERATION It’s the best piece of handling equipment I have ever brought. Neil Gardyne Wish I had found your crutching system 10 years ago. William Hurn easy handling easy crutching Simple & affordable sheep-handler Simple & fast sheep-crutcher Call Now 1-800-750-584 www.perkinz.com.au Testimonials It’s just so much faster and easier. Alex Direen Check out videos on our website Katherine Bain, who was raised on the family’s sheep farm 40km west of Ballarat is the 2016 recipient of a Horizon Scholarship supported by AWI. PHOTO: Andrew Miller, Stock & Land ON FARM 43
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