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Youth Scholarship

ARCBA has established a Youth Scholarship to be taken in May 2018 for a study tour to investigate the latest cattle breeding trends in the USA.  Applicants should be in the age range 21-35 years at the date of departure.

The scholarship is scheduled in and around the Beef Improvement Federation Conference.  This is a 3 ½ day event that includes a half day Young Breeders Symposium, 2 days of papers on the latest research developments and a field tour.

Outside this the ARCBA Youth Scholarship Program is customised to the needs of the winner and the breed he/she represents, and is likely to include a visit to the respective breed office, visits/stays with leading breeders, a study of successful supply chain management programs and attendance of the AGM and Workshop of the National Pedigreed Livestock Council (NPLC).

Current Winner

Brad Cavanagh

Brad Cavanagh is Owner/Manager of Hardhat Angus, which was established in 2000 with the purchase of three stud cows and two heifers.  In 2017 Hardhat Angus will calve 180 stud cows including recipients.  Hardhat Angus will sell 60 Bulls in 2017 by private treaty, of which 80% with sell to repeat clients.

Brad’s passion for agriculture began through showing cattle at school, which progressed to working for numerous cattle studs at the major shows.  He was awarded an Agricultural Cadetship in 2002 with Twynam Agriculture Group which continued throughout the duration of his study for a Bachelor of Rural Science degree through the University of New England.  He was employed as Overseer of Twynam’s stud Angus herd until 2009. 

Keen for exposure to international seedstock operations, Brad travelled to the USA and was employed by Sinclair Cattle Company; a large stud Angus herd based in Pennsylvania.  This provided Brad with an education in alternate breeding methodology.  At that time Sinclair Cattle Company had the largest herd of linebred Angus cattle in the world.

In 2011 Brad returned home to pursue his dream to create one of the leading Angus herds in Australia.  He is currently employed on a fulltime basis on his wife’s family property in southern New South Wales, which farms 4,000 hectares and runs 30,000 merino and crossbred sheep.  His passion is for breeding Angus cattle and he is committed to making it a successful business enterprise.

2002    Awarded an Agricultural Cadetship with Twynam Agriculture Group.

2002    Placed 2nd at the New England Angus Breeders Cattle Assessment School, which qualified him to represent NSW in the Angus Australia National Judging Final.

2003    Angus Youth Ambassador.

2004    Angus Youth Ambassador.

2004    Angus Youth Management Committee.

2004    Present: Judged numerous local cattle shows.

2006    Judged at National All Breeds Heifer Show in Dubbo, NSW.

Bachelor of Rural Science from the University of New England