Peter Westblade Scholarship judges award joint 2020 winners

Sheep Central, March 16, 2020

Peter Westblade Scholarship chairman Ben Patrick, centre, congratulates the joint 2020 scholarship winners Brodie Carpenter, left, Tasmania, and Murray Smith, Harden.

JOINT winners of the prestigious Peter Westblade Scholarship have been announced from a field of high calibre sheep and wool industry finalists.

Young sheep industry professionals Murray Smith and Brodie Carpenter were chosen from a field of applicants from New South Wales, Queensland and Tasmania by a panel of industry judges.

The winners were announced at the Peter Westblade Scholarship and auction dinner at the Magpies Nest, Wagga Wagga, on March 5.

The other finalists were Tom Boyle, Longreach, Qld; Jacinta Bradley, Tumbarumba, NSW; Courtney Cheers, Wagga Wagga, NSW, and Mitch Rubie, Forbes, NSW.

Now entering its ninth year, the scholarship will provide opportunities and in-kind support worth up to $10,000 over a 12-month period.

The winners will benefit from practical skills training, mentoring and the establishment of industry networks.

The scholarship is open to young people and honours the late Peter Westblade. Mr Westblade was a Lockhart sheep producer passionate about breeding profitable sheep and a supporter of young people interested in agriculture.

Murray to use the scholarship to learn new skills

Murray Smith, of Harden, grew up on a small family farm and finished Year 12 in 2010. He has completed a stock and station traineeship working through Victoria, South Australia and the Northern Territory. In 2014, Murray began work at a Poll Dorset stud at Coolac, NSW, helping with embryo transfer programs, artificial insemination, stud sales, breed selection and general sheep husbandry.

Murray now works with Merino and composite sheep, and cattle at the Romani Pastoral Company in south-eastern NSW. He intends to use his scholarship win to learn new skills and increase his knowledge of sheep and wool.

Shearer Brodie aims to expand into contracting

Brodie Carpenter hails from Swansea, Tasmania, and has been a full-time shearer for the past three years.

He has been inspired by his father, a farm manager and shearing contractor for 25 years. Brodie leases a superfine Merino and prime lamb property, and has an ambition to operate the largest shearing contracting business in Tasmania.

Westblade dinner auction raises $14,280

More than 70 guests attended the Peter Westblade dinner to hear guest speaker, adventurer and entrepreneur John Elliot. An auction on the night raised $14,280 for the on-going scholarship.

Peter Westblade Scholarship executive director Georgie McGuiness said the calibre of the 2020 applicants was outstanding.

“It made the committee’s decision to select scholars painstakingly hard.

“We are thrilled with the enthusiasm of young people in the sheep and wool industry, and will endeavor to help everyone we cross paths with through our Wyvern training weekend and scholarship process,” Ms McGuiness said.


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