One of our region’s finest young exponents of dairy showmanship has been nominated for a Victorian Young Achiever Award.
Katie Anderson is in the running for the Academy Regional Achiever Award, one of 10 prizes on offer, with the winner to be announced on May 18 at Flemington Event Centre in Melbourne.
Category winners will receive $1000 from the Bank of Melbourne, while one of the 10 group winners will be crowned Young Victorian of the Year and will be the lucky recipient of a $2000 voucher from Jetstar.
The awards aim to encourage, reward and promote the positive achievements of young Victorians under the age of 30.
The 19-year-old from Yarroweyah is certainly not short of accolades. Ms Anderson is so talented in her craft that she had the opportunity to travel to Wisconsin in the United States last year to compete at the World Dairy Expo showmanship awards, where she finished sixth out of 250 people.
She was the first Australian to qualify for the final.
Despite her incredible effort, Ms Anderson said the amazing result was not something she had been actively working towards or chasing, rather it ‘‘just kind of happened’’.
‘‘I’d always really wanted to go to the World Dairy Expo but I’d never really planned on going for the showmanship side of things,’’ she said.
‘‘I’ll probably try and go back every year now, to be honest,.’’
People in the right places have been taking note of her talents, as she was awarded a Royal Agricultural Society of Victoria Dairy Youth Scholarship.
This provided her with $10000, which made her trip to the World Dairy Expo possible, as well as giving her the chance to travel to Canada for the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.
Ms Anderson has spent her whole life in the company of cows, committing much of her youth to helping out on the family’s dairy farm.
She recalls walking around a paddock full of calves and feeding them at just 18 months old.
Romantics would say Ms Anderson was born to work with cows.
Among her other achievements, Ms Anderson has reinvigorated the Cobram Show.
When she first started working there a few years ago, there were five youths involved in the show with 13 head entered, now there are more than 30 children involved and 40 head of cattle on display, turning it into a youth-focused show.
She also runs a stud called Sun Vale Holstein, which won the National Holstein Premier Exhibition last year.