Herefords Australia Youth ambassadors Nikki Williamson and Emma Keech have been recognised for their outstanding contribution to the breed.
The young cattle handlers received certificates from Herefords Australia director Ken Ikin at the Herefords Australia Dubbo National Show and Sale on June 6.
The young women had co-ordinated an auction which raised $3170 for Hereford Youth and the charity Drought Angels at the National.
Nikki, of Tocumwal, established her own Hereford stud, Kielder Park, after winning a registered heifer at the Herefords Australia National Youth Heifer Show in 2014.
She has served as the secretary and treasurer of Herefords Australia Youth, has attended many local and Royal shows throughout the year, stewarding and presenting ribbons.
Nikki has promoted the ambassadorship program and has worked hard to gather sponsorship for two auctions to raise money for Herefords Youth and Drought Angels.
She attended the Herefords Australia Young Guns conference and the 2016 National Heifer Show.
Nikki also hosted her own event promoting the Hereford breed and Herefords Australia Youth.
The 20-year-old is studying a Bachelor of Business at Marcus Oldham College, Geelong.
Emma Keech works with Elders Bendigo and took part in the Young Guns fitting challenge at the 2015 Melbourne Royal.
She stewarded at the Wodonga National Show and Sale, attended the Young Guns conference and is the Southern Youth Group marketing and promotions officer.
Emma co-ordinated a Hereford Youth photo competition, an ambassador clinic, membership drives and the Southern Youth Group newsletter.
The Herefords Australia Youth Ambassador program is an initiative designed to engage the next generation of cattle enthusiasts.
Open to youth aged 18 to 25 years, the program is a 12-month term and gives the ambassadors the opportunity to attend the Herefords Australia National Youth Heifer Show, promote the breed, and help organise the semen auctions at the Herefords Australia National Show and Sales.
They receive an embroidered jacket and $500 towards travel costs.
For more details visit www.www.herefordsaustralia.com.au or contact 0267 721 399.
2015-2016 Herefords Australia Youth Ambassadors Emma Keech and Nikki Williamson.