Hats off to the show ambassador with credentials
TRY juggling farm chores, a full-time job, jobs around the house and other odd errands... like Rockhampton's Kylie Hopkins.
The 27-year-old is this year's Rural Ambassador winner for the Rockhampton Show - and her CV is to die for.
Kylie is a beef technical officer at Department of Agriculture and Fisheries.
Her credentials complement her job title; she has a Bachelor of Science degree strapped to her belt with first-class honours in plant molecular biology from the University of Queensland.
She grew up in Brisbane, but moved to Rockhampton in 2010.
She and her partner own a 10ha block just outside Rockhampton where they breed anglo nubian dairy goats.
Kylie's partner works away from home so she is left to manage a full-time job and conduct the farm chores by herself most of the time.
Together with another local dairy goat breeder, Kylie and her partner formed a free group for goat enthusiasts in CQ, called Capricorn Goat Breeders.
"We aim to share information and experiences with other goat owners... we believe that we have already had a positive impact on the health and husbandry of goats in the local area," she said.
For the past five years, they have travelled to Monto, Callide Valley, Rockhampton, Ridgelands, Mt Larcom, Toowoomba Royal and Brisbane Royal shows exhibiting their dairy goats.
Kylie wanted to thank her sponsors this year: Learoyds mini digger, Clarky's Transport and Kim Withers.