Australia’s brightest young emerging dairy scientists presented their research to a national contingent as part of the Young Dairy Scientist Award at the Australian Dairy Conference (ADC) in Canberra in February.
The winner of the award was Latrobe University, Melbourne, student Caeli Richardson.
The Young Dairy Science Award program provides early-age scientists an environment to present, discuss and connect with pioneers and innovators of the national dairy industry.
Caelie Richardson presented a piece of work titled Breeding Burpless Bovines that looked at the potential of cows burping less and how it could help save the environment and be more cost-efficient by reducing methane emissions.
ADC scientific director and Young Dairy Scientist Award co-ordinator Richard Rawnsley said the award was a competition with a difference for many young researchers with a focus on communication.
“The award is designed to nurture scientific excellence with communication prowess and the young scientists must convince fellow dairy farmers and scientists that their research is soundly based and has exciting implications for the future of the dairy industry,” he said.
“Each young scientist must prepare a written article, present to conference and prepare an exhibit for display at conference. The scientist with the highest combined scores is awarded a $3000 travel bursary to further their field of study.
“Finalists are judged on their communication skills, how well their research is presented including relevancy to the dairy industry and creativity in the display of research work.”
The six finalists were: Caelie Richardson, Latrobe University (Vic).
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