Travelling to the Murray Grey National Youth Stock Show in Wodonga, Vic, in late April proved worthwhile for Clare's Hannah Sanders, who has won a trip to the United States as part of being named senior ambassador of the show.
Ms Sanders, who is a fourth-year Veterinary Medicine student at the University of Adelaide's Roseworthy campus, was thrilled to be named senior ambassador, and was excited to travel overseas.
"It was pretty overwhelming to start with but it's finally sinking in now, it's pretty awesome," she said.
The 21-year-old intends to spend six weeks early next year travelling through Texas and Colorado, observing farming operations and breeding methods.
"I want to see the differences in nutrition, weight gains, whether they use commercial or stud breeding, and what they look for in their genetics," she said.
Ms Sanders also wanted to promote Murray Greys while overseas, with her passion for the breed being a key factor contributing to her receiving the senior ambassador title.
"They were looking for someone who wants to be continually involved in Murray Greys, which I'm hoping to be throughout my life because I've grown up with them," she said.
Making sure there was a continued interest in the breed was essential, according to Ms Sanders.
"It's the only way Murray Greys are going to keep going, if you get young people involved," she said.
Ms Sanders was grateful for the support of her parents, Katrina and Steve, and all the people involved in the Murray Grey breed, who she said were "amazing".
"The (breeders) are like a family and are always really encouraging," she said.
Ms Sanders is heavily involved in the Ballyvaughan Murray Grey stud, run by her parents, and along with sister Lydia, has launched Ballyclare Murray Grey stud.
The stud stock has been largely sourced with the help of prize money won by the sisters, who have both previously won Most Potential Breeder at the Murray Grey National Youth Stock Show.
Ms Sanders hopes to expand the stud, combining her love for Murray Greys with her vet career.
Did you know?
Ballyvaughan Murray Grey Stud have sponsored Clare High School with a steer for more than 10 years to prepare and enter in the Royal Adelaide Show.