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Australian Cattle Council : Yearbook 2010
66 YEARBOOK 2010 CATTLE COUNCIL OF AUSTRALIA at Mudgee Veterinary Hospital as an animal assistant. Here I gained experience in many other aspects of veterinary practice with the care of all animals. However I mostly enjoyed accompanying the vets on calls to farms where I helped the vet with calvings and other procedures. I applied again for 2010 entry into the CSU vet course and made sure I got my application in on time. Currently in my first year, I aim to pursue a career in the cattle industry with particular emphasis on animal production management, fertility and meat quality of northern bred cattle. These cattle produce a large portion of Australia's export income for the cattle industry. It is vital that we maintain our good reputation and continue to meet market specifications by keeping Australian beef superior to other markets. I would like to be a part of this scene. I have so much to learn and am grateful for the opportunity to realise my dream. I have already had a lot of help and support from family, new friends I have met at Uni and the contacts I have already made in the rural sector, which I know will stand me in good stead for the future. I recognise the contributions of producer run organisations like the Cattle Council of Australia to ensuring the sustainability of the Australian beef industry. I hope more people are encouraged to get involved and have their say through the Cattle Council of Australia. • 18-30 years • Guaranteed paid employment • Full support throughout your stay • All inclusive package Ph: 1800 257 197 www.agriventure.net.au I had just finished school and had spent the summer having fun with my friends so this new environment at the top of Australia was certainly a shock to the system. 'Augustus Downs', managed by Chris and Sally Towne, covers over 263 000 ha of downs and whitewood Gulf country, running 28 000 grey Brahman and Charbray breeding cattle. During my 2 years there I gained a firm grasp of the northern cattle industry, and became increasingly interested in various animal husbandry practices and their relation to profitability on large scale properties such as this. I was inspired by a local veterinarian from Mount Isa whose work implementing strategic herd management systems has been credited with increasing the productivity and profitability of many northern properties. My time at 'Augustus Downs' led me to realise that vets play an important role in many rural enterprises and this further encouraged me to head towards a career in veterinary science. With this motivation I began to look into applying to study vet science beginning in 2009, only to find that I missed the enrolment cut-off by one day! Whilst disappointed at this setback I took the opportunity to learn more about the industry. An opening arose to work