The 16th Norman Lethbridge Award has been presented to Sharne Haskins, Richmond, for her genuine enthusiasm to be involved in the agricultural industry.
Previously attending Bede Polding Catholic College, South Windsor, Ms Haskins was nominated by her agriculture teacher, Madeleine Leva. Since she has commenced studies at Sydney University for a double degree in science and advanced studies in agriculture.
“I hope to become involved in the agricultural industry on a scientific basis, possibly in reproductive techniques and breeding management,” she said.
She wants to learn more about the Angus breed, the functions of the society and how they interact with their diverse membership.
“I have seen the incredible opportunities provided to Angus Youth members and believe getting involved in this particular program was just one of the many ways to participate,” she said.
“I hope I can interact with industry professionals and those who, like myself, are aspiring to become one, while becoming more immersed in the daily functions of the beef industry as a whole.”
Ms Haskins’ interest in agriculture stems from growing up on a commercial thoroughbred farm.
“Through high school I was given the opportunity to be involved in a wider diversity of agriculture through our school’s agriculture program and show team which I continue to assist with post school,” she said.
“I have been part of our local UniSchools Steer Challenge for six years which involved raising and training a steer for 100 days for an over the hook competition, and learning about the processes that take place in not only producing a show animal but a beef product.”
When Ms Haskins hears the word “Angus” she thinks of a “versatile, well-balanced breed that has strongly solidified its position in the Australian beef market”.
“Angus cattle are consistent performers in many ways, from temperament, meat quality and excellent fertility rates, making them an excellent all round breed, suitable for our diverse needs.
“Beyond this, I also think of a breed society at the forefront of beef technologies. They encourage and equip their members with many beneficial technologies.”
Ms Haskins is also the Hawkesbury Showgirl 2018, which provides her with the opportunity to be a recognised youth agriculture ambassador for the region.
The Norman Lethbridge Award was created by the NSW State Committee of Angus Australia in 2002 in memory of the late Norman Lethbridge, a well known stock and station agent and Angus secretary from 1983 to 1994.
Sponsored by Booroomooka Angus, Bingara, and Forres Angus, Dungog, the annual award is for an under 25-year-old, studying agriculture, primary industries or livestock auctioneering the the Sydney area or within 200 kilometers of Sydney who is a good all rounder and will follow Norman Lethbridge’s esteem character.
Runners up were Josh Higgins from Colo High School, North Richmond, and Rachael Franklin from Northolm Grammar, Arcadia.
Claudia Humphries, The Scot’s School, Bathurst, was the recipient of the Gary Robert’s Encouragement Award.
Other finalists were Portia Thomas, Caroline Chisholm College, Glenmore Park, and Olivia Dolly, Marion Catholic College, Kenthurst.