YOUNG ACHIEVER: Jasmine Whitten is also sports vice-captain at The Scots PGC College and came runner-up in the Lions’ Youth of the Year competition this year.
YOUNG ACHIEVER: Jasmine Whitten is also sports vice-captain at The Scots PGC College and came runner-up in the Lions’ Youth of the Year competition this year. Contributed

A schoolgirl with a focus on ag industry

FOR someone so young Jasmine Whitten's drive to blaze a trail in the rural industry is unwavering.

Born and raised on a 1600ha cattle and cropping property in Tamworth, New South Wales, the Scots PGC Year 12 student said her rural upbringing inspired her to work towards a career in agriculture.

"I'm aiming to do a Bachelor of Rural Science next year at the University of New England," she said.

"I hope with whatever career path I follow, I can help people."

Two years ago Jasmine's mum inherited a 7000ha beef cattle property in Hughenden, North Queensland, which she now runs along with one other farmhand, leaving Jasmine and her dad to hold the fort at the family's Tamworth property.

Jasmine said the people in Hughenden were unlike any she's come across in the city or even in Tamworth these days.

"The people at Hughenden are different - they are so isolated up there," she said.

It's taught me a lot of common sense and responsibility. Your day doesn't end when you get home from school. It's a lot of hard work.

"They have no idea just how big their industry is and everyone really works for the community. It has that good old country town feel."

During Easter at the Sydney Royal Agricultural Show Jasmine placed first in the 17-25 years junior judges competition.

"The majority of entrants were older than me. I was the baby of the group. I only just scraped in as old enough," she said.

Jasmine said growing up on the farm was the best upbringing she could have had.

"It taught me a lot of common sense and responsibility. Your day doesn't just end when you get home from school. It's a lot of hard work," she said.

"There's just something special about being in the paddock - there are all of these special moments you don't get in the city."

Jasmine has dreams of eventually following in her mother's footsteps and one day running her own beef cattle property.

"I still remember in Year 10 being told by the counsellor at my old school that the farm was no place for a woman," she said

"But we're not going to be the cooks anymore. We're going to be industry leaders. We're going to be the ones telling the boys what to do."



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