Echunga’s Andrew Gray has been named as a winner in the 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship line-up.
Future’s bright for Andrew Gray
Echunga’s Andrew Gray has received a further agriculture scholarship that will help progress his
steadily growing career, having been named as a winner in the 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship
In recognition of his leadership potential and commitment to the future of Australian agriculture, the
University of New England student was also awarded one of 14 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarships in
Sponsored by AgriFutures Australia, Mr Gray will receive $10,000 over two years to further assist
with his studies and living expenses, while gaining access to professional development workshops
and work placements.
Mr Gray said he relocated to Armidale in NSW 2018 to study a double Bachelor of Agriculture and
Bachelor of Business, and that his ultimate goal was to own and operate a multi-enterprise
Through breeding and purchases, Mr Gray’s Long Gully Ayrshire stud now operates with cattle on
farms primarily in the Adelaide Hills. The young stock are run on his parents’ property, while Mr
Gray’s milking cows are housed at dairies owned by friends and past employers.
Mr Gray said over the past two years as an AgriFutures Horizon scholar he had been growing his
industry contacts and working with some of the best in the business.
“I’ve been fortunate to have had the opportunity to partake in two week work placement at
Australian leading Moxey Farms, and further work placement with Saputo Dairy Australia at their
Melbourne headquarters looking at the processor’s side of the dairy industry” and ,” he said. “It
opened my eyes to the stresses that the drought had had on the milk processors, as they
experienced a twenty year low in milk supply”.
Cattle judging has also been a big part of Andrews experiences over the past two years – After
participating at the 2018 NSW All Breeds Dairy Judging School hosted by Holstein Australia, Andrew
was nominated for the National Ayrshire and Holstein judging Panels. This opened up many valuable
opportunities to officiate at half a dozen country shows in Mid North Coast NSW and South East
Queensland. As well as officiating the 2019 NSW state brown swiss On-Farm-Challenge.
In September 2019 Andrew won the South Australian Junior dairy Judging Competition while
attending the Royal Adelaide Show - Andrew headed to Perth, representing SA in the ASA National
Young Dairy Judges Championship and was awarded the National Champion Young Dairy Judge.
“I feel very privileged to be recognized as a 2020 AgriFutures Horizon Scholarship recipient and I am
excited to meet current scholars and the extensive network of AgriFutures Horizon Alumni who are
making big waves in Australian agriculture. I hope to use the valuable opportunity offered by
AgriFutures Horizon to travel and partake industry placements that will help develop my own
industry networks and build a more rounded knowledge of industry supply chains, beyond the farm
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