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A PRESTIGIOUS national honour was awarded on Thursday to a well-known local community leader at the 2020-21 Australian Farmer of the Year Awards in Canberra.

Strathkellar livestock veterinarian, Kathryn Robertson, was at Parliament House to receive the award for ‘Rural Community Leader of the Year’ and yesterday morning spoke of her own reaction and those of family and friends.

“I’m very humbled,” she said.

“They’re very pleased (for me) … it's very nice but there's a lot of other people that do a lot of other things in the community as well.”

Nominated last year by a friend and colleague, Kathryn’s farming and leadership work covers a wide range of roles and in presenting the accolade, her “incredible impact on the local community” was recognised.

Along with her father, Kathryn works at her family’s mixed farming enterprise near Hamilton covering “prime lamb, cropping – canola, wheat and beans and angus cows as well” and also runs her own mobile sheep and cattle vet business.

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