Merino stud manager elected as scholarship chairman

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    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 committee overseas the prestigious 12-month sheep and wool scholarship for young people, the Peter Westblade Scholarship, now in its ninth year.

     “I am privileged to be the incoming chairman of the committee and I look forward to continuing the legacy of providing opportunities to young people,” Mr Patrick said.

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

    Ben received the 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.”

    Open to young people aged 18 to 30, the scholarship 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 offers a scholarship(s) and training weekend annually to young people with a passion for the sheep and wool industry.

    It is tailored to an individual’s specific interests within the industry but the education and network of mentors lasts a lifetime.

    The training weekend is in its second year and will be held on February 8-9, 2020 at Wyvern Station, Carrathool.

    This is made possible by the generous support of TA Field Estates Pty Ltd. The weekend offers 30 young people practical hands on experience and a chance to build a network and rub shoulders with industry leaders.

    Registrations for both the 2020 Scholarship and Wyvern Training Weekend will open on October 1, 2019.

    The Peter Westblade Scholarship is made possible by the generous contribution from supporters, TA Field Estates Pty Ltd, Craig Wilson and Associates, Moses and Son, Bluechip Livestock, Sally Martin Consulting, Bogo Merinos, Outcross Media, Landmark, Riverina Wool Testers and Hazeldean.

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