Daniel Lutz transcript
(Voice over) Daniel is a sheep and wool farmer from Glenelg. Daniel is very passionate about the sheep industry and has already been recognised with a long list of achievements at this early stage of his career. Daniel completed both technical and practical training courses to develop his business.
(Daniel) Hi, my name is Daniel Lutz, from Henty Victoria. I've a small farm that I run a Poll Dorset stud lot full of Poll Dorsets and a Suffolk stud, Updown Park, and run a few cattle. I grew up in Adelaide, in the city, and I always had a passion for agriculture I got from my grandparents, my "mom" and "oppa", and I started going to agriculture high school, Urrbrae, and that's really where I learnt a lot and my passion grew.
(Voice over) Daniel is among 38 young farmers across Victoria who have received a Victorian Government Upskill and Invest – Young Farmers Scholarship since 2015. For Daniel, the $10,000 scholarship enabled him to increase his knowledge of lifetime ewe management and livestock marketing, allowing him to focus on his breeding program, improve farm fencing and effectively market his growing business.
(Daniel) I applied for the Young Farmers' Scholarship because I thought it was a great opportunity to a) get some money to put towards the farm, but also have some money to upskill myself with some education that I think's very important in the Agriculture industry to always keep learning and growing yourself and growing the business, and also to meet some new people and you build some friendships.
For the Upskill, I did a whole heap of different courses I think all complement each other and are going to help me with the business going forward. I did a dog school, a business course - KR Marketing Lifetime Ewe - that was a fantastic program that I highly recommend ..that's been really helpful.. I learnt a lot about to lift the production of the property and pasture management – that was very good - and just a whole heap of little courses. I think scholarships like this Young Farmers' Scholarship are very important. They are key to the agriculture industry going forward. Young people are the future of the industry and (we need the) as the world changes, we need to change in Agriculture.
(Voice over) The Upskill and Invest Young Farmers Scholarships assist young farmers to access vital career enabling education through the upskill component and then apply that knowledge on the farm through the Invest component. Young Farmers are equipped with knowledge, experience and a network of other young farmers to face the challenges of an agricultural career with confidence and commitment.
(Voice over) For more information on how the Victorian Government supports young farmers, visit the Agriculture Victoria website.
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