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Sophie Hanna joins Riverine Plains team as Livestock Officer

20 February, 2022

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Sophie Hanna joins Riverine Plains team as Livestock Officer

Riverine Plains Inc recently welcomed Sophie Hanna as the group’s new Livestock Officer. Sophie is a former John Hanrahan Scholar and recently completed a Bachelor of Agriculture at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains CEO, Catherine Marriott, explained that Sophie’s appointment was especially significant as it makes a full circle of Sophie’s journey from John Hanrahan Scholar to full-time employee.

“Since receiving the John Hanrahan Scholarship in 2019, Sophie has spent many work experience hours with Riverine Plains and has really gained an appreciation of the type of research and extension work we do, as well as the challenges facing local farmers,” said Ms Marriott.

“We’re absolutely thrilled that the Scholarship was able to play a role in Sophie’s return to the Riverine Plains region — this really highlights how such opportunities can benefit both young people in their early career and the farming community more widely,” added Ms Marriott.

The John Hanrahan Scholarship was established to support and encourage local agriculture students. Sophie believes the Scholarship was a game-changer.

“The opportunities to gain work experience with the Riverine Plains team, attend field days and webinars, and extend my connections through the scholarship were invaluable and have been excellent platforms for kicking-starting my career post-university,” said Ms Hanna.

Riverine Plains has been increasing its focus on livestock production systems and Sophie’s role will advance this further explained Ms Marriott.

“Sophie’s experiences growing up and working on a beef cattle grazing farm in the Upper Murray means that she understands the industry and this makes her really well-placed to help us deliver projects that can improve our members’ livestock operations,” added Ms Marriott.

Last year, Sophie completed an Honours year at Charles Sturt University, Wagga Wagga, where she further developed her knowledge of soil science and investigated the influence of lime application on the mineralisation of organic carbon, nitrogen and phosphorus in acid soils.

Ms Hanna said that she is particularly interested in livestock production, soil science and genetics and is keen to employ these interests to help farmers advance their production systems.

“I am very much looking forward to getting out onto farms and meeting with livestock producers to discuss production constraints and help address priority issues for the region,” she said.

“Through our projects, we are aiming to deliver information which directly addresses our member requests and the challenges faced by livestock producers,” she explained.

“I’m really excited to work with farmers to learn more about their needs and then provide the information and resources that can help drive their productivity and enhance efficiency,” added Ms Hanna.

Sophie is based at the group’s Mulwala Office and can be contacted on 03 5744 1713 or by emailing sophie@riverineplains.org.au.

Applications for the 2023 John Hanrahan Scholarship open 15 March, with further information available at www.riverineplains.org.au

 

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Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

 

More Information or Interview:

Claudia Powell, Riverine Plains Inc (0499 402 943) or email claudia@riverineplains.org.au

Stock containment – livestock workshop

Riverine Plains are proud to announce that we are hosting our very first on farm livestock workshop!

There are three key focus points; using stock containment areas to maximise productivity and adaptability, stock containment – where to start and how to design, and animal health and nutrition considerations.

  • Wednesday, March 15th
  • 9am start – 12:30pm finish followed by a BBQ lunch.
  • Location site 1: 131 – 251 Andrew Rd, Earlston VIC
  • Location site 2: 145 Carroll Road, Baddaginnie VIC

Program:

Dr Kate Rowe – Veterinarian, Agriculture Victoria. Managing animal health.   

Jason Trompf – A systems management approach to stock containment areas.  

Nick Linden – Livestock Industry Development Officer, Agriculture Victoria. Animal nutrition and containment area design.  

Tom Wallis – Agronomist, Peter Davis Rural Benalla. Maximising pasture production.

 

This event is free to attend, lunch included. To register, please click here.

For further information, please contact Riverine Plains Project Officer Sophie Hanna on (03) 5744 1713 or email sophie@riverineplains.org.au

 

Cover photo taken at site 1.

John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients announced

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the 2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients are Sophie Hanna from Walwa, Victoria and Lachlan Quibell from Marungi, Victoria.

Both recipients are currently undertaking their second year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that in awarding two recipients for 2020, the John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund was doing its part to support agriculture in the region now and into the future.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful farmer from Coreen who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community” explained Barry.

“Both Sophie and Lachlan possess these same characteristics and we can see this in the way they approach their respective educational, sporting and cultural interests” he said.

Throughout the application process, both recipients have shown themselves to be articulate, thoughtful and driven people with strong leadership skills.

“Both are also very committed to the future of agriculture and recognise the need for agricultural production to service a growing population, whilst also considering the resource and environmental challenges facing the industry” said Barry.

Sophie Hanna is a passionate contributor to her family’s beef cattle business at Walwa and hopes to become an agronomist while continuing her involvement on the farm. Sophie is also interested in plant genetic research and hopes to advance crop and pasture varieties for farming systems.

Lachlan Quibell is interested in plant production, especially broadacre crop and perennial horticulture systems. He is also passionate about engaging with the wider community about agriculture and wants to be part of a new generation tackling production issues while also focussing on factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, farm feasibility and sustainability.

Sophie said the bursary would provide extra time, enabling her to broaden her knowledge and seek practical agricultural experience.

Lachlan expressed a similar sentiment, saying that the Scholarship will better allow him to take full advantage of the University learning experience.

As the 2020 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, both Sophie and Lachlan receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students are also looking forward to accessing the work experience, mentoring and educational opportunities that form part of the scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for the generous donation that led to the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to the Scholarship Fund over the past few years.

“The calibre of applications for the 2020 Scholarship was extremely high and we would like to commend all applicants and wish them well with their studies” added Barry.

2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients announced

9 April, 2020

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2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship awarded to two outstanding local recipients

Riverine Plains Inc, together with the Hanrahan family, are pleased to announce that the 2020 John Hanrahan Scholarship recipients are Sophie Hanna from Walwa, Victoria and Lachlan Quibell from Marungi, Victoria.

Both recipients are currently undertaking their second year of Bachelor of Agriculture studies at the University of Melbourne.

Riverine Plains Inc Treasurer and Scholarship Fund Trustee, Mr Barry Membrey, explained that in awarding two recipients for 2020, the John Hanrahan Scholarship Fund was doing its part to support agriculture in the region now and into the future.

“The John Hanrahan Scholarship is named in honour of the late John Hanrahan, a successful farmer from Coreen who had a passion for agriculture, a thirst for knowledge and real sense of community” explained Barry.

“Both Sophie and Lachlan possess these same characteristics and we can see this in the way they approach their respective educational, sporting and cultural interests” he said.

Throughout the application process, both recipients have shown themselves to be articulate, thoughtful and driven people with strong leadership skills.

“Both are also very committed to the future of agriculture and recognise the need for agricultural production to service a growing population, whilst also considering the resource and environmental challenges facing the industry” said Barry.

Sophie Hanna is a passionate contributor to her family’s beef cattle business at Walwa and hopes to become an agronomist while continuing her involvement on the farm. Sophie is also interested in plant genetic research and hopes to advance crop and pasture varieties for farming systems.

Lachlan Quibell is interested in plant production, especially broadacre crop and perennial horticulture systems. He is also passionate about engaging with the wider community about agriculture and wants to be part of a new generation tackling production issues while also focussing on factors such as greenhouse gas emissions, farm feasibility and sustainability.

Sophie said the bursary would provide extra time, enabling her to broaden her knowledge and seek practical agricultural experience.

Lachlan expressed a similar sentiment, saying that the Scholarship will better allow him to take full advantage of the University learning experience.

As the 2020 recipients of the John Hanrahan Scholarship, both Sophie and Lachlan receive a bursary of $5,000.

Both students are also looking forward to accessing the work experience, mentoring and educational opportunities that form part of the scholarship.

Riverine Plains Inc would like to thank the Hanrahan family for the generous donation that led to the establishment of the Scholarship, as well as all those who have made financial or in-kind donations to the Scholarship Fund over the past few years.

“The calibre of applications for the 2020 Scholarship was extremely high and we would like to commend all applicants and wish them well with their studies” added Barry.

Applications for the 2021 round of the John Hanrahan Scholarship will open in July 2020. Further details will be available from www.riverineplains.org.au closer to this date.

The Riverine Plains Scholarship Fund has been recognised by the Australian Taxation Office to provide Deductible Gift Recipient status.  For information on how to make a donation to the Scholarship Fund please contact the Riverine Plains Inc office on 03 5744 1713 or email info@riverineplains.org.au.

Riverine Plains Inc is an independent farming systems group specialising in farmer driven research and extension across north-east Victoria and southern New South Wales. For more information, or to become a member, please visit www.riverineplains.org.au

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More Information or Interview:

Fiona Hart, Executive Officer, Riverine Plains Inc on 03 5744 1713.

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