Young Merino breeder to chair Westblade scholarship committee

Sheep Central, September 4, 2019
Ben Patrick with a Yarrawonga ram.

Ben Patrick

MERINO stud breeder Ben Patrick has been appointed as the new chairman of the Peter Westblade Scholarship Committee.

Mr Patrick, general manager of the Yarrawonga Merino Stud at Harden, replaces Wagga Wagga merino genetic consultant Craig Wilson.

The scholarship is open to young people aged 18 to 30. It honors the late Peter Westblade, a Lockhart sheep producer passionate about breeding profitable sheep, and a supporter of young people interested in agriculture.

The scholarship committee overseas the prestigious 12-month sheep and wool scholarship for young people. The scholarship offers a scholarship(s) and training weekend annually to young people with a passion for the sheep and wool industry.

Ben said he is privileged to be the incoming chairman of the committee and looked forward to continuing the legacy of providing opportunities to young people.

“Craig (Wilson) did a fantastic job and on behalf of the committee I would like to thank him for his leadership and dedication,” Ben said.

Ben received the Westblade scholarship in 2014, gaining invaluable experience and building a network over the 12-month period. He joined the committee in 2016 and served as vice chairman last year.

The Peter Westblade Committee paid tribute to Craig Wilson for his tireless work as chairman since taking over from industry consultant David Sackett in 2015.

“I am so proud of Ben and all he has achieved so far,” Mr Wilson said.

“Those of us who knew Peter Westblade know he would be thrilled with Ben’s strength of character and leadership skills.”


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