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We turn the spotlight on Lucy Powell, First Year, Advanced Diploma of Agribusiness Management

A career in agriculture was always the goal for Lucy Powell, it just turned out a little differently than she had expected.

When she finished high school in Geelong, near her home on a hobby farm at Paraparap, Lucy started a veterinary science degree at university, but dropped out after a few weeks when she realised it wasn’t the right fit.

After taking a gap year, she found her place at Longerenong College.

“Agriculture is something I’ve always been interested in, but my high school didn’t offer ag, so it was a bit of a struggle to find other avenues,” says the 20-year-old.

“I’ve always liked animals — we’ve got a small Shropshire flock, a handful of dairy cows and a few cattle, and I’ve always had a few horses — so vet science seemed like a natural progression.

“Now I think I’d be quite keen to get into the education side of agriculture, making people aware of the opportunities there are in the industry, especially at high schools, because I didn’t have that.”

Another aspiration is to pursue a career in dairy.

“I’m looking towards breeding and nutrition in cattle at this stage, probably in dairy,” Lucy says.

“I’ve worked on a goat dairy with a great AI (artificial insemination) program and it would be great to learn more about how to get the best out of animals for production.

“Obviously not coming off a dairy farm it’d be tricky to start up, but with the smaller independent companies emerging at the moment, there’s a lot of opportunities and room for growth.”

Sourced from: weeklytimesnow.com.au

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