Ideal industry internships offered in Wagga

INDUSTRY READY: Nick Butcher of Angus Australia is pictured with with Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Jack Shultz.
INDUSTRY READY: Nick Butcher of Angus Australia is pictured with with Charles Sturt University Bachelor of Agricultural Science student Jack Shultz.

GAINING valuable insights from the ground up is the impetus behind rural internships being run in Wagga. 

Jack Schultz is studying agriculture science at Charles Sturt University and has been offered an opportunity to participate in an internship. 

He was chosen as an intern in a joint partnership between Angus Australia and the Graham Centre for Agricultural Innovation.  

CSU Bachelor of veterinary science student Georgia will also participate in a co-funded internship. 

To be able to offer students the opportunity to gain work experience at Angus Australia is an exciting prospect.

Deana Wood

CSU lecturer in farming systems Michael Campbell said, the program provides an opportunity for the students to gain valuable experience and is an example of the value of partnerships to deliver industry relevant research. 

“As part of their student internships, Miss Howell and Mr Shultz will be involved with the Angus sire benchmarking project,” he said.

The aim of the project is to evaluate the current tools used by Angus breeders to select bulls.

Angus Australia marketing and communications manager Diana Wood said a large number of Angus Youth members and children of Angus Australia members both study and have completed studies at Charles Sturt University.

“To be able to offer students the opportunity to gain work experience at Angus Australia is an exciting prospect,” she said. 

The students will gain insights into the research and development programs Angus Australia is conducting, and how the data from these programs is being utilised within the industry to make improvements to beef production.

The CSU herd is one of the cooperator herds in the project and the students will help with the artificial insemination (AI) program and in identifying, weighing and recording data when the calves are born.

Originally from Ambrose near Rockhampton in central Queensland, Mr Shultz said the program is an opportunity to further explore his interests in breeding high quality beef.

Miss Howell is from Amphitheatre in Victoria and said the internship will give her an insight into the work of Angus Australia to promote the breed.