Emily Rabone has been named as a youth ambassador for Herefords Australia.
The 18-year-old, who works for Practical Systems in Armidale, was named as the 2015-2016 Queensland Ambassador and is secretary of the Herefords Australia Northern NSW Youth Group.
Emily, who comes from Gatton in Queensland, works as a customer support officer for the farm software company and is organising the National Heifer Show in January at Inverell.
As a young girl, Emily had been encouraged to learn cattle handling skills from her mother Kathy Rabone and aunt Julie Nixon, and established her own Creewah Cattle Co.
Emily plans to work with Hereford breeders in Canada in November, and build upon the idea of a youth exchange developed by Brandon Sykes during a recent visit to Canada.
“I would like to organise a youth forum at either the Dubbo or Wodonga Nationals – it is important for youth to have a voice on industry issues," she said.
“Junior members will be those serving on the board in 20 years time so it is critical senior members provide support and listen to what they have to say."
The Herefords Australia Youth Ambassador program is an initiative designed to engage the next generation of cattle enthusiasts.
Open to youth aged 18 to 25 years, the program is a 12-month term and gives the ambassadors the opportunity to attend the Herefords Australia National Youth Heifer Show, promote the breed, and help organise the semen auctions at the Herefords Australia National Show and Sales.
They receive an embroidered jacket and $500 towards travel costs.
The Ambassador of the Year will receive $1000 towards their future career in the agricultural industry.
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