Oct 07, 2021
Inaugural Trevor Schoorl Memorial Scholars announced
Oct 07, 2021
Two University of Queensland – Gatton students, Liam Stienen and Jessie Lanyon, have been named as the winners of the inaugural Trevor Schoorl Memorial Scholarship.
The scholarships honour the memory of leading silage production and nutrition consultant, Trevor Schoorl, who tragically passed away in 2018.
The $6500 scholarships provide young people studying agriculture or a related discipline to further their knowledge of forage preservation, free-stall dairy production and dairy nutrition by working alongside some of Australia’s best dairy and forage industry operators.
Liam Stienen is a fourth-year student in the Bachelor of Sustainable Agriculture (majoring in livestock and poultry production) / Bachelor of Agribusiness program at UQ – Gatton.
Liam has had a strong passion for the dairy industry, having spent extensive time working on his family’s dairy farm in Germany over the past decade.
For the past three years, he has worked in the University of Queensland – Gatton research dairy and pig unit.
He has a particular passion for improving livestock production efficiency via the adoption of science and technology.
Jessie Lanyon is in his second year of a Bachelor of Agribusiness / Bachelor of Agricultural Science program, majoring in agronomy.
His passion for the dairy industry started with showing dairy cattle at high school.
For the past seven years, he has worked at Parker Pastoral, Kenilworth, which conducts a 700-cow TMR-based production system, during weekends and holidays.
He has also worked as a relief milker on several other local herds and as a research assistant with the University of Queensland.
At this stage, Jessie has his sights set on becoming an agricultural consultant, such as an agronomist or nutritionist.
Trevor Schoorl Memorial Scholarship Trustee and Lallemand Animal Nutrition Managing Director, Alex Turney, says Liam and Jessie both demonstrated the passion and thirst for knowledge that made Trevor one of the best in his field.
“Liam and Jessie are willing to stretch themselves to make the most of every day and that’s exactly the type of person we were looking for,” he says.
“Both of these young men are excelling in their studies in addition to holding permanent part-time agricultural jobs 15 to 20 hours a week during the semester and full-time jobs during their holidays.
“We are confident that Liam and Jessie will make the most of the opportunities provided by this scholarship and we look forward to seeing how their careers progress.”