Rozzie O’Reilly from Holbrook NSW has an exciting year ahead of her after being crowned the 2021 Australian winner of the prestigious Zanda McDonald Award.
O’Reilly, 28 years old, is breeding manager at LAMBPRO, Australia’s largest prime lamb seedstock business. She is responsible for managing the database for 6,000 performance recorded stud ewes, co-ordinating staff and day-to-day activities, and providing numerous client services. O’Reilly has a Bachelor of Animal Science with First Class Honours and also runs a sheep and cattle business with her fiancé.
The annual award, regarded as a badge of honour by the agribusiness industry, recognises and supports talented and passionate young professionals in the ag sector from Australia and New Zealand.
Zanda McDonald Award Chairman Richard Rains says Rozzie is a warm, personable and intelligent individual and she impressed the judges with her commitment, achievements and dedication to her role.
“Rozzie applied for the award a few years ago, and rather than being knocked back, has since made great strides in her career, and come out on top. Her aspirations are strong and well aligned with what the award can provide her by way of mentoring.”
O’Reilly was thrilled to receive the award.
“I feel completely overwhelmed and honoured to win this award. I’m really excited about the insights I’ll get into some of the best agriculture companies in the industry, and how I can apply these learnings to further benefit the industry.”
O’Reilly was named as a finalist alongside fellow Australians Hugh Dawson, 22, Head Stockman at Barkly Pastoral Company in the Northern Territory, Oli Le Lievre, 28, Consultant at KPMG in Melbourne and Founder of Humans of Agriculture, and Tim Emery, 35, a Technical Officer with Tropical Beef Technology Services at the Agricultural Business Research Institute in Roma.
The award would normally crown one winner from across Australasia, but in response to COVID-19-related travel restrictions, in 2021 there will be an Australian and a New Zealand winner. The kiwi winner will be announced at a separate celebration in NZ in April.
O’Reilly wins an impressive professional development package which includes an all-expenses paid trans-Tasman mentoring trip to high-performing farms and businesses in Australia and New Zealand, professional media training, $10,000 towards further education, and networking opportunities.
To read more about the award, what it means and why it’s so prestigious go to the PPP Group website here.