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2018 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship open

2018 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship open

12 December 2017

Applicants – Be at the ready – $12,000 could be yours!

HW Greenham & Sons are pleased to announce the Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship is open for 2018. Remember, it’s open to immediate family members, sharefarmers, employees or interns of anyone who has sold cattle to H.W. Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd, during 2017 – either over the hooks or at any of our live weight buying centres.

The scholarship, now in its eighteenth year, provides an opportunity for enthusiastic students between 17-45 years to apply for the substantial prize to help them undertake further education related to any sector of the dairy and related industries.

Executive chairman, Peter Greenham, said that partnership reflects the company’s long-standing commitment to education, innovation and the Australian dairy industry.

“It’s very important that younger people see a future for themselves in the industry. We have built our business on servicing the dairy sector and we want to see it prosper to help build strong regional communities and local economies,” Mr Greenham said.

Matthew DeCicco, 23, of Merrigum, was this year’s winner. Currently in his fifth year of veterinary science at Charles Sturt in Wagga, Matthew is about to undertake an exclusive four week placement at Cornell University, USA.

“Cornell offered me a spot at their ambulatory clinic in Ithaca, New York. It’s actually one of the most highly regarded veterinarian teaching institutions in the USA and because dairy farming is the main livestock business in the area, dairy cattle account for a large part of the caseload,” says Matthew.

Matthew grew up on a Merrigum dairy farm helping to milk 150 cows and learning the many facets of being a stud breeder from his parents Peter and Angela.

“I have a strong interest in calf health and management, as I see these animals as the future of our dairy herds,” he said.

Matthew first heard about the scholarship via the Greenham Meatworks Messenger and read that all he needed to do was sell any number of cattle to the Tongala meatworks and put in a top notch application. And that he did.

Joint Managing Director of HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd, Grant Ryan, said the company offered the scholarship to encourage future leaders in agriculture.

“Matthew is a very impressive young man and we see him as a future leader in the industry. Dairying needs a new generation to maintain its strength and Matthew certainly fits the bill,” says Mr Ryan.

“I could have never made this happen off my own bat so the chance to follow my dreams to the USA is an amazing opportunity. The money will allow me to get over to Cornell and will be spent purely on the associated costs,” Matthew adds.

Scholarship applications will be assessed by a panel of three independent judges from industry and education sectors.

GOTAFE is the dairy industry’s go-to provider of education and training in Victoria. Through deep connections to industry, GOTAFE employs the latest research and industry information to offer innovative training to dairy’s next generation. GOTAFE is dedicated to expert instruction in a wide variety of dairy technology, products and processes, as well as aspects of quality, food safety and engineering.

Past winners of the scholarship have pursued their interests in large herd veterinary issues, soil and pasture management, business and environmental management, animal sciences, dairy technology and even local medical practice.

Applications are now open and close on Tuesday, January 30th 2018.

Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship application forms and information sheets are available by e-mailing scholarships@greenham.com.au or visiting www.greenham.com.au 

Further information:  Trevor Fleming 03 96446514

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Grant Ryan present Matthew DeCicco with his scholarship