A GUYRA bloke who combines beef cattle breeding with plenty of agricultural studies has been named this year’s winner of an industry excellence award.
Chad Williamson, won the Excellence in Agriculture award at the regional finals of the training awards.
Chad was presented with his award at last Friday night’s regional presentations in Tamworth, where about 400 industry people gathered to salute the current crop of training students and workers.
Judges said Chad had completed his secondary schooling at Farrer Agricultural High School and began a certificate IV level traineeship in agriculture at the Rural Skills Centre in Armidale.
He is enrolled in the diploma of agriculture course as part of the drought reach strategy for the NSW agricultural industry.
He’s also employed on his family property, Neeworra Pastoral Company at Guyra.
“At 22 years of age, he runs his own commercial shorthorn beef cattle and presently has 30 registered stud cows,” the judges said.
“Chad has developed high level agricultural skills including knowledge and experience with cattle handling, animal health, fencing, weed control, pasture improvement and grazing management.
Chad has found the study rewarding and flexible given his large workload which “often means working seven days a week on the property”.