SALRC honors young research and extension professionals

Sheep Central October 20, 2023

SALRC executive officer Mike Stephens, left, with the young scholars Samantha Rudd, Sarah Baker, Maria Beatriz Lopez Peralta, Jaimi-lee Edwards and Lauren Adler, and SALRC chairman Ian Rogan.

FIVE YOUNG research and extension professionals have been awarded scholarships by the Southern Australia Livestock Research Council.

The SALRC Young Scholarship recipients included – NSW Department of Primary Industries development officer- pastures, Sarah Baker; University of Sydney School of Veterinary Science PhD candidate Samantha Rudd; University of Melbourne School of Agriculture, Food and Ecosystem Sciences PhD student Maria Beatriz Lopez Peralta; University of New England project officer Jaimi-lee Edwards, and NSW Local Land Services graduate advisory and extension officer Lauren Adler.

The research council hosted five young research and extension professionals at its recent council meeting in Wagga Wagga on 10 October.

SALRC initiated a competition for early career research and extension professionals from across the livestock industries to submit a short video about their activities that aligned with SALRC’s research, development or adoption priorities. The chosen five winners were awarded a $750 scholarship to attend the council and conference.

SALRC chair Ian Rogan said the future of our livestock industries depends on continuing innovation and we must invest in young professionals who will drive that innovation.

SALRC deputy chair and Northern NSW regional committee chair Christine White facilitated the Young Scholarship session.

“Our five scholarship participants are all confident young women, who are forging careers in the red meat industry,” she said.

“They are upcoming leaders, and this initiative enabled each to tell their story.

“This ranged from a ‘pasture coach’, to animal welfare with cattle dehorning, on-farm carbon accounting and novel ways in managing the feedbase,” Ms White said.

SALRC is an independent, incorporated association and one of three national research councils set up to provide recommendations on research, development and adoption priorities and planning for grass-fed beef and sheep meat producers throughout Australia.

Source – SALRC.


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