Transcript for Future farmer gaining industry experience through SBAT

Future farmer gaining industry experience through SBAT video

Liam (host):

So I've got Myles here today to talk about his experiences. So Myles, why don't you tell us about what you're up to?

Myles:

Yeah, so I'm completing a school-based traineeship as well as doing school. So I do one day a week, which is usually on a Thursday and I come and work and get involved in the industry that I want to be involved in while still completing school.

Liam:

What does that actually mean? What does that mean for you day to day?

Myles:

Well, usually just Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday I'll just go to school as normal, and then on a Thursday I'll work obviously, and then yeah. But sometimes I might change it up because there's a few projects and that we might be working on that I really want to be involved in. So I can juggle up with school.

Liam:

There's a little bit of flexibility in there as well.

Myles:

Yeah.

Liam:

Very good. Yeah. That's awesome. So tell me about your background. How did you get involved in, in wanting to be involved in agriculture?

Myles:

Yeah, so I, my family. I've always grew up on a small farm, my family have beef cattle and yeah. So kind of grew from there and I kind of done a little bit of show cattle and that kind of thing and yeah. So I've met a few people and then the school actually told me about this traineeship position they had up at Wollongbar here for the DPI and yeah. So I jumped to the opportunity of that and was fortunate enough to get it.

Liam:

Oh, that's awesome. So you spoke then about showing cattle, I've heard you had a little bit of recent success in that area.

Myles:

Yeah, Yeah. So DPI actually we show showed some cattle up at the Ekka for the, so we actually broke. Me and the other trainees went and did that and yeah. We actually won an eating quality award and also third place in one of the classes. And then we also did some paddock to plate, which is where they all, all these different breeds of cattle and all these people, they send their cattle and they get compared and same feed alot same feeding regime and that kind of thing. And yeah, the brothers of the steers, they actually were the ones that they won reserve champion overall yeah.

Liam:

Oh, that's amazing. I mean, to put those practical skills, you know, and the theory skills, together like that in that combination must be really inspiring for you and a great industry experience.

Liam:

So can you tell me about something,is there anything really exciting happening at the moment in the industry?

Myles:

Yeah. Well, I think the future of the industry's very much about sustainability. I think that's where the, everything in the world is going. And I think the agricultural industry is starting to push towards there, which I think is very good. So yeah, I think one thing that DPI's doing that I've been involved in is they're actually, they're doing a multi breed trial, which is about comparing different breeds against each other and looking, of beef cattle, obviously. And just looking at them they're one part of it is they're sending them away to feed lots and that, and they can actually go and compare and see which breeder cattle is actually eating less and putting on more weight. And I think that myself, the technology that they used to be able to do that is very interesting

Liam:

Yeah, that's so important sustainability in the world of which we live in these days. So yeah, that's amazing and really, really cool thing to be involved in.

Myles:

Yeah, Definitely.

Liam:

Thanks very much for your time. I really appreciate it. Yeah.

Myles:

Yeah, good. Thanks.

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