KICE students Eliza Havelberg and Nick Mumford have attended SA Sheep Expo 2019 to learn more about a future in agriculture.
Ella Matta Pastoral along with AgKI sponsored the full cost of travel and enrollment for the two Kangaroo Island students to attend the expo in Adelaide.
The SA Sheep Expo is a new event offering young people a platform to develop a better understanding of the sheep industry, its opportunities and to encourage the next generation to engage at a grassroots level within the industry.
Inspired by the highly successful SA Junior Heifer Expo, the SA Sheep Expo provides an education forum for young sheep enthusiasts aged 12 to 23 years, enabling them to build their knowledge and identify pathways to further careers in the sheep industry.
It was held April 17-19 at the Adelaide Showgrounds.
Kangaroo Island Community Education - KICE through a selection process awarded the scholarships to Eliza Havelberg, Year 12, and Nick Mumford, Year 11.
Nick said it was a great experience and he enjoyed the freedom of being able to check out all aspects of the expo.
He plans to attend university to get an agricultural science degree before returning to the family farm.
Ella Matta is looking to continue this support every year.
"So to any KI high school students interested in a future involving sheep, keep an eye out," Jamie Heinrich said. "Well done to the SA Sheep Expo team for putting together another awesome event for more than 140 young sheepies!"
Sheep Expo committee member Sam Neumann was on KI this week doing some filming on the Heinrich's Ella Matta property for Elders.
"It's very encouraging that people over here value to event enough to send over a couple of their own young people, particularly when sheep are so prominent in the agricultural landscape on KI," she said.
The expo had grown dramatically from 50 participants the previous year, to more than 130 this year, from as far away as Victoria.