Young Kyabram dairy farmer receives agricultural scholarship

By James Arbuthnott

YOUNG Kyabram dairy farmer Andrew Murphy has joined the ranks of 63 other scholarship recipients in the state government’s agriculture education scheme.

My Murphy will receive scholarship funding to complete one Cert IV in Leadership, another in Human Resources and a grant to invest in a staff room for his growing dairy business.

And with 550 cows to milk, the Murphy family farm's younger generation has a bright vision and future.

“We want to be on the front foot and a little more proactive with sustainability and the environment by focusing on animal welfare and minimising our footprint,” Mr Murphy said.

“I've been full-time for 11 years on a family farm of 40 years, so the business and HR skills will keep the farm sustainable.

Because young farmers must have a variety of expertise when looking to the future.

“You need to have a lot of knowledge and a mix of skills and to be very broad nowadays, especially towards animal health,” Mr Murphy said.

Member for Northern Victoria Mark Gepp said the Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships program, which gives young farmers scholarships of up to $10,000 each, is part of Labor’s commitment to grow Victoria’s agriculture sector to $20 billion by 2030.

“Our young farmers are dynamic and resilient. The future success and growth of Victoria’s thriving agriculture industry is in great hands,” Mr Gepp said.

“The Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarship program is attracting and supporting the next generation of farmers in Northern Victoria by making sure they’re supported to keep learning and growing.”