Green light to apply for dairy scholarship

January 03, 2018

Mathew DeCicco receives his award from Greenham managing director Grant Ryan.

APPLICATIONS are now open for the 2018 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship.

Currently in his fifth year of veterinary science at Charles Sturt in Wagga, Matthew DeCicco was the recipient of the 2017 Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship.

The scholarship, now in its eighteenth year, provides an opportunity for enthusiastic students between 17-45 years to apply for the substantial prize to help them undertake further education related to any sector of the dairy and related industries.

Executive chairman Peter Greenham said the partnership reflected the company’s long-standing commitment to education, innovation and the Australian dairy industry.

‘‘It’s very important that younger people see a future for themselves in the industry. We have built our business on servicing the dairy sector and we want to see it prosper to help build strong regional communities and local economies,’’ Mr Greenham said.

The 23 year-old Merrigum man said he was excited about an upcoming placement in America.

“Cornell offered me a spot at their ambulatory clinic in Ithaca, New York,’’ Matthew said.

‘‘It’s actually one of the most highly regarded veterinarian teaching institutions in the USA and because dairy farming is the main livestock business in the area, dairy cattle account for a large part of the caseload.

“I could have never made this happen off my own bat so the chance to follow my dreams to the USA is an amazing opportunity. The money will allow me to get over to Cornell and will be spent purely on the associated costs.”

Matthew grew up on the family’s Merrigum dairy farm helping to milk 150 cows, learning the many facets of being a stud breeder from his parents Peter and Angela.

“I have a strong interest in calf health and management, as I see these animals as the future of our dairy herds,” he said.

Matthew first heard about the scholarship via the Greenham Meatworks Messenger and read that all he needed to do was sell any number of cattle to the Tongala meatworks and put in a top notch application. And that’s what he did.

Joint Managing Director of HW Greenham & Sons Pty Ltd, Grant Ryan, said the company offered the scholarship to encourage future leaders in agriculture.

“Matthew is a very impressive young man and we see him as a future leader in the industry. Dairying needs a new generation to maintain its strength and Matthew certainly fits the bill,” Mr Ryan said.

HW Greenham and Sons have announced the Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship is open for 2018. The program is open to immediate family members, sharefarmers, employees or interns of anyone who has sold cattle to HW Greenham and Sons during 2017 – either over the hooks or at any of their live weight buying centres.

Scholarship applications will be assessed by a panel of three independent judges from industry and education sectors.

Applications are now open and close January 30, 2018.

Greenham GOTAFE Dairy Scholarship application forms and information sheets are available by e-mailing [email protected] or visiting

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