The Invergowrie Foundation Agricultural Scholarship for Women Recipient 2011
Following the successful completion of an Advanced Diploma of Agriculture and a Diploma of Agronomy at Longerenong College, Kate Cross was able to pursue her ambition of working in the Northern beef cattle industry. Her first full time job was as a Jillaroo at Rocklands Station for the Western Grazing Company. Her training and skills enabled her to then take on a position as Station Hand at Tipperary Station in the Northern Territory for the Australian Agricultural Company as a Stationhand and Technical Assistant.
In early 2015 Kate moved down to Carrum Station as a Technical Assistant and Stud Supervisor as a part of the Composite and Bull Breeding Unit. After a motorbike accident the previous year Kate decided to return home to spend some time with her family. During this time, she was offered and accepted a job as a Glasshouse Technical Assistant for Bayer Crop Science at Longerenong where she worked alongside pathologists and Head Breeder to develop new varieties of wheat.
A love for animals still ran in her veins and she missed livestock, so after 3 years with Bayer, Kate did a short stint in the Waygu Feedlot at Gerang Gerung before accepting a job role as an Animal Health Specialist with Western Ag in Horsham. Kate spends her time travelling across the Wimmera assisting farmers develop livestock and nutrition plans. Kate is really enjoying the position as there is always a new challenge or something new to learn. She is able to utilise her previous experience in agronomy and livestock to support her in this role.
Kate currently lives in Dimboola with her partner Simon where they operate a mixed cropping and grazing property and have established a small White Suffolk stud.