Zanda McDonald Award finalists to face judges

Zanda McDonald Award finalists to face judges

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Queenslander: Shannon Landmark is a trained vet, and the coordinator of the Northern Genomics Project at the University of Queensland. Picture: Helen Walker

Queenslander: Shannon Landmark is a trained vet, and the coordinator of the Northern Genomics Project at the University of Queensland. Picture: Helen Walker

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Three young finalists from Australia and New Zealand will be judged for the prestigious award.

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Three young finalists from Australia and New Zealand will be judged for the prestigious 2019 Zanda McDonald Award, which will be announced announced at Port Douglas on May 21.

Finalists are Luke Evans, 28, from the Northern Territory, Shannon Landmark, 27, from Queensland, and Grant McNaughton from North Otago, NZ.

Luke Evans is the station manager of Cleveland Agriculture, a 1.2 million hectare beef property at Tennant Creek, Northern Territory.

Along with running this significant operation, he mentors youth, and provides on-the-job training and employment opportunities at the property.

Shannon Landmark is a trained veterinarian and the coordinator of the Northern Genomics Project at the University of Queensland.

This role sees her working with beef producers, beef extension officers from state governments, university researchers and scientists, consultants and vets, to improve genetic selection and reproductive technology.

New Zealander, Grant McNaughton is managing director of McNaughton Farms, a 6300 hectare sheep and beef farm in Oamaru, North Otago.

The award was established by Platinum Primary Producers in memory of the late Zanda McDonald in 2014.

Award judge and chairman of the PPP Shane McManaway said this year's finalists are each making a positive impact on the industry in quite different ways.

They were selected from a shortlist of six applicants, interviewed by a panel of nine judges.

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