Dale Bruns, 28, is currently studying towards a one year diploma in agribusiness at Marcus Oldham College in Geelong Victoria. Dale from Drysdale Victoria, is aiming towards a career in sheep breeding and prefers Merino and Dohne breeds.
Dale was awarded the Yiddinga Farm Management Scholarship to study at Marcus Oldham College, which specialises in agricultural and farm training. Despite being eager to return to the paddock, he is considering returning to complete the full agribusiness degree.
Dale has nine years of experience in the NSW Riverina working for Goolgumbla Merino Stud at Jerilderie and three years as Overseer at Uardry Merino and Dohne Studs at Hay, where he developed his love of sheep farming.
Dale realised that in order to fulfil his goals it was important for him to gain a tertiary qualification in agriculture and agribusiness. In order to follow his chosen career path, possibly with the corporate owned properties, he needs to have a solid understanding of accounting and agribusiness. As part of his agribusiness diploma, Dale is also studying marketing and industry structures.
Dr Simon Livingstone, Principal Marcus Oldham College of farm business management, agribusiness, and horse business management education, advises that the new generation of managers of agricultural businesses, such as Dale, need to have marketing and financial management skills as well as being able to set clear and specific business goals for their. By completing tertiary education they can equip themselves for the challenges faced in the modern agricultural and farming industry.