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Oakley Henry announced as Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange winner

Congratulations to Oakley Henry from Wilara Holsteins in Gippsland Victoria who is preparing to head off to the UK for the Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange in September following the withdrawal of WA’s Tahlia McSwain from the 2019 program.

Holstein Australia CEO, Graeme Gillan, says: “Unfortunately Tahlia has had to withdraw from the exchange for personal reasons, and all at Holstein Australia wish her and her family well.

“In Oakley we have a fantastic replacement, which really underlines the quality, strength and depth of candidates for the 2019 exchange. He is clearly focused on building a future in the dairy industry and is heavily involved with Wilara’s successful breeding program. I’m sure Oakley’s time in the UK, and the experience gained, will be a great next step in his young career.”

Oakley will spend a month travelling the length and breadth of Britain staying and working with Holstein UK members, and will also take part in the South West Dairy Show, the UK’s largest dairy show, and the All Britain All Breeds Calf Show. The All Breeds All Britain Calf Show is one of the highlights of the UK’s Holstein Young Breeders calendar, featuring showmanship & calf conformation classes for seven dairy breeds.

The focus of Oakley’s trip will be learning, practical on-farm experience, skills development and networking. He will gain first-hand knowledge of dairy farming in the UK and is planning to use that information to further his own career.

Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia CEO, says “Interest in the Holstein Australia Youth UK Exchange continues to grow, with a record number of applicants this year. Overall the calibre of applicants was very high, and if this is representative of our future dairy farmers and industry leaders, I think the Australian dairy industry will be in very good hands,” says Mr Gillan.

The return leg of the exchange program will take place in early 2020 with a young UK dairy farmer spending a month working with Holstein Australia members in Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia, taking in International Dairy Week and a dairy youth camp.