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Vol 1. No. 6 June 2018 National Poultry Newspaper PO Box 387 Cleveland 4163 Phone (07) 3286 1833 Fax (07) 3821 2637 Email
Gary Sansom Scholar boosting youth appeal of chicken meat industry
Kids learnt all about eggs at Rural Discovery Day.
Poultry Hub Australia out and about
LAST month Poultry Hub Australia attended EKKA’s Rural Discovery Day in Brisbane.
Now in its 15th year, the popular ‘ag-ucational’ day brings the country to the city to teach primary school stu- dents that food comes from farms and not the supermar- ket shelf.
Over 1100 students at- tended a variety of different exhibitors from agricultural industries to learn from the farmers themselves and take part in hands-on activities and to get up close to their favourite farmyard animals.
Our exhibit was focused on eggs and the importance of having eggs with strong cu- ticles.
We engaged the students by talking about where eggs come from and what a great source of protein they are.
This was further enhanced by a mini science experiment that enabled students to get their hands dirty (literally) and test the strength of the cuticle.
Students were heavily en- gaged and asked a variety of questions including “How does the yolk form?”, “How long does it take to lay an egg?”, “Are you a real scien- tist?” and slightly more curly
questions like “How are baby chickens made?”.
We ensured the latter ques- tion was referred to their par- ents and teachers!
The day was busy, reward- ing and immensely enjoyable for all involved and we look
forward to being involved in the future.
Poultry Hub Australia is committed to motivating young people to see the poul- try industry as a great in- dustry that delivers a range
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Zoe Parkin and Lila Segal from Bulimba State School.
UNIVERSITY of Adelaide Honours student Ashlee Morgan has been awarded the inaugural 2018 Gary Sansom Scholarship, sup- porting leadership in chicken meat research.
The Gary Sansom Scholar- ship was awarded to Ashlee for her research project on un- derstanding factors for attract- ing and retaining youth in the poultry industry, a key focus of the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program, and her keen interest in contributing to the poultry industry in the long-term.
The Gary Sansom Scholar- ship is named in honour of Ag- riFutures Chicken Meat Advi- sory Panel Chair and Austral- ian Chicken Meat Federation president Gary Sansom, who passed away in March 2017.
Mr Sansom was a long-stand- ing supporter of programs encouraging new people into the chicken meat industry and championed several communi- cation and training initiatives vital to the industry.
Ashlee has worked for Ing- hams Enterprises as a breeder
farm manager and is currently employed by the Department of Primary Industries and Regions, South Australia as a project officer focused on planning and development of the chicken meat industry.
The scholarship will allow Ashlee to identify the causes of skills shortages and barri- ers to young people pursuing a career in the poultry sector.
“I’m thrilled to receive the Gary Sansom Scholarship – the industry mentorship was a huge drawcard for me as it will open doors for career progres- sion,” Ms Morgan said.
“Australia’s chicken meat in- dustry offers dynamic career opportunities.
“My project aims to boost the appeal of the industry – I want young people to get ex- cited when I tell them about myworkandseethatitisa good career choice.”
AgriFutures Australia general manager Research and Innova- tion Michael Beer said the new scholarship will support future industry leaders to make their mark on the industry.
“The scholarship is a fitting initiative to celebrate Gary’s commitment and involvement in the chicken meat industry,” Mr Beer said.
“Ashlee’s project will pave the way for more young peo- ple to consider a career in the industry.”
The prestigious Gary San- som Scholarship recognises high-quality students, fosters a career pathway in the chicken meat industry and supports industry-relevant research.
The new scholarship will be an annual award funded by the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Pro- gram and supported by industry.
Ashlee was selected as the inaugural scholarship recipient by the AgriFutures Chicken Meat Advisory Panel, in con- junction with industry repre- sentatives and Gary’s family.
The inaugural Gary Sansom Scholarship was presented to Ashlee at the 2018 Poultry In- formation Exchange on Tues- day, June 5, 2018 by Gary’s wife, Julie Sansom.
Learn more at agrifutures.
AgriFutures Chicken Meat Program Manager Ashley Radburn, Julie Sansom, Ashlee Morgan and Vivien Kite of the Australian Chicken Meat Federation.
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