Joint winners from a high-calibre field of six finalists have been announced in the prestigious sheep and wool industry's Peter Westblade scholarship.
Young sheep industry professionals Chloe Dutschke and Brett Stockings were chosen from a field of applicants from NSW, South Australia and Western Australia by a panel of industry judges.
The other four finalists were Sebastian Liphuzen, Deniliqun, NSW; Georgia Reid, Boyup Brook, Westeran Australia; Josh Cousins, Burra, South Australia; and Luke Ramsay, Kimba, South Australia.
Now entering its eighth year, the scholarship will provide opportunities and in-kind support worth up to $10,000 over a 12-month period.
Open to young people, the scholarship honours the late Peter Westblade, a Lockhart sheep producer passionate about breeding profitable sheep, and a supporter of young people interested in agriculture.
Brett Stockings, 31, of Dubbo, NSW, manages the sales and marketing of sheep meat for the Middle East and North Africa for Fletcher International Exports.
Brett is keen to strengthen his knowledge in understanding value adding and meal preparation, and how catering companies and retailers do their meal and plate costings.
"I want to see an increase in lamb and mutton dishes in restaurants and on cafe menus, and ensure we maintain affordability for all consumer budgets, along with meeting changing consumer demands, cultures and religious beliefs," he said.
Chloe Dutschke, 26, of South Australia, is a self-employed contract musterer, has a Bachelor of Animal Science and participated in the Young Farming Champion program.
"I have a specific interest in helping pastoralists make the most from their properties and see on-property consulting an area I would like to pursue,'' Chloe said.
Chloe aims to develop a website, app or media platform with access to information such as jobs, scholarships and events in a user-friendly way.
An auction at the April 4 dinner raised $15, 650.