Old Collegians

Taneeke Marsden 2011-2013

“After graduating from the College in 2013 I had a gap year where I worked on a dairy farm and fruit orchard before moving to Perth to go to Murdoch University in 2015.  I am now in my third year studying Animal Science.  In my first year I lived on campus which was a fantastic way to meet people and get into the routine of living away from home.  Now that I am used to living in Perth and settled into University I am share renting, a cheaper alternative to on-campus accommodation.

At the start of my third year I chose to go on exchange to Nottingham, England to study equine and environmental subjects for a semester which go towards my degree at Murdoch.  Nottingham Trent University’s Brackenhurst campus is their animal, rural and environmental science campus which is half an hour out of the city surrounded by farm land and fresh air which was such a relief from the big smoke for an aggie like myself!

While over that side of the world I also toured through Europe for a month prior to heading to Nottingham ticking a dozen countries off my bucket list and making trips on breaks during the semester to see Edinburgh, Scotland, other parts of England, Spain, Sweden, and Croatia and Holland after finishing studying.  Travelling and studying overseas was the best decision I’ve made, it was a great way to see some of the world and grow my self confidence and resilience.

In July 2017, after Europe, I headed to Alberta Canada where I  worked with Hagel Feeders – a feedlot with approximately 5,000 head cattle. They mostly finish Angus cattle, which are shipped world wide with high demand for naturally raised (no hormones, feed additives or drugs) Black Angus for export to Europe and Asia. While there I went to Rodeos, on day horse trail rides through the Canadian forests and mountains, roped cattle and saw some of the Canadian countryside.

Going to Denmark Ag has given me a big advantage in my studies and work life.  Before Ag school I had nothing to do with farming or animals and had no idea what I wanted to do when I graduated high school.  Now I am happy to say I have more of an understanding of food and fibre production and can foresee myself going into the cattle industry once I graduate from Murdoch, in a years time”.

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