by Marguerite Cuddihy
MITCHELL Merino stud breeder Felicity Brumpton is set to receive a $5000 education scholarship as the winner of the annual Gus McGown bursary.
The 21-year-old has spent her life promoting merino sheep around the country at numerous agricultural shows and has represented Queensland at the 2014 National Merino Sheep Judging Competition where she won the national title.
AgForce General President Grant Maudsley said Miss Brumpton, from the property Baynham near Mitchell, was chosen because of her commitment to the future of Queensland agriculture.
"Felicity is currently in her third year of studying a Bachelor of Animal Science at the University of New England,” Mr Maudsley said.
"I hope this helps her further her career in agriculture, while also giving us all a chance to remember Gus McGown, one of Queensland's finest graziers.”
Miss Brumpton said she was honoured to be awarded the bursary as she was passionate about Australian agriculture, particularly the grazing sector and the bright future it offered.
"I look forward to using all provided opportunities to attend and become a member of many industry events associated with AgForce to assist them in promoting our agricultural industries like Gus McGown did,” she said.
"My ambitions are to be able to offer producers an opportunity to enhance the genetic potential of livestock together with improved nutritional benefits, whilst being able to run my own livestock operation.
"I would like to use my university degree, scientific technology, and real life experience to become a leader in the agricultural industry to produce sustainable and highly productive livestock to improve property viability.
"In doing so, I would also like to encourage people to stay or go into a Merino enterprise in Queensland to ensure the survival of our sheep industry.
"As agriculture has been a big part of my life, I would like to give back to it and encourage or mentor the younger generation into this vibrant industry. And like AgForce, I would like to fight for the bush to ensure our agricultural industry remains sustainable.”
The bursary is named after long-time AgForce member and sheep grazier Gus McGown and rewards one student with links to AgForce's Southern Inland Queensland region with funding towards tuition fees for an accredited qualification, undergraduate study or post graduate levels within Australia.
The bursary will also include a four-week AgForce internship to provide exposure to agri-political advocacy across the three AgForce commodities, communications, projects teams and school-to-industry partnerships program.
The bursary is sponsored by the Maranoa Graziers Trust and administered by AgForce.