2019 Rural Achiever - Sarah Nesbitt
Rural Achiever Sarah has grown up on the Monaro and is a fifth-generation farmer. She has a passion for agriculture and in particular the livestock and wool industries.
Sarah said her heart is in the country and she returns to help out on the family Charolais stud at Cooma as often as possible, where she is involved in the selection of genetics for their Charolais breeding program.
While completing her HSC studies at St Paul’s College, Walla Walla, Ms Nesbitt was the senior leader of the Rural Youth team helping with breaking and preparing cattle for local agricultural shows around Albury, Henty, The Rock and Cootamundra, and then entering the college team for the Canberra Royal, Melbourne and Sydney Royal Shows.
During evenings Ms Nesbitt completed her Certificate IV in Wool Classing with the Riverina TAFE, receiving an award for the highest average mark.
She has a keen eye for livestock and enjoys showing and judging beef cattle. She was reserve junior champion beef cattle judge and reserve junior champion Merino wool judge at Sydney Royal Easter Show in 2015.
Following this success, Sarah was invited to be the Australian RAS representative in New Zealand in both dairy cattle and beef cattle judging and parading. The opportunity gave her networking opportunities that also saw her return to assist during the NZ showing season for five months over summer.
Sarah deferred university entry to take up a position as Junior Draftsperson at Kotzur Silos, which designs and drafts grain silos and bulk handling systems. Wishing to progress further in this field, she took up a Bachelor of Engineering at the University of Wollongong. She is keen to continue design and drafting to assist the primary production in agricultural fields and finds inspiration in all things farming.
Extracted from Bombala Times, November 2018