Herefords Australia director Peter Sykes, right, will judge the most potential cattle breeder competition. A registered Hereford heifer is up for grabs at the Herefords Australia Youth National Heifer Show in Melbourne next week.
The 11-month-old heifer, Mawarra Miss Titania 498, will be presented to a young handler deemed as having the most potential as a cattle breeder by a judging panel at the show.
The event will be held at the Melbourne showgrounds on Thursday, July 10 to Friday, July 12, and will be supported by Genetics Australia, one of Australia’s largest artificial breeding businesses.
Heifer Show co-ordinator Brandon Sykes, of Longford, said 40 entrants, aged from eight to 24 years, would enjoy a packed program of industry speakers, demonstrations and competition.
The event is designed to allow young people to build their beef industry knowledge and understanding in a safe and welcoming environment.
“Activities will target all age groups and experience levels, with demonstrations ranging from halter making and clipping to talks on nutrition and genetics,’’ he said.
“The award for the most potential cattle breeder will help a new youth member start their own stud or improve their existing stud with new genetics.”
Entrants will be judged on conduct during the heifer show and a written component on their industry involvement and goals.
Judges for the award will be Tim Woodham, of Tasmania, and Herefords Australia directors Peter Sykes, Longford, and Ken Ikin, Bannister, NSW.
The winner will receive the heifer, sired by Devon Court Advance 5052 and out of Mawarra Miss Titania 391, donated by Mawarra Herefords, Longford.
Judging the heifer classes will be Alison McIntosh, of Wagga Wagga, NSW, while Tim Woodham will judge the paraders.
Erin Waters, Andtravern Herefords, Lancefield, is the overjudge for the junior judging.
Genetics, artificial breeding, animal health and nutrition will be covered by industry speakers from Genetics Australia and the National Farmers Federation on the Thursday.
This will be followed by clipping, cattle selection and parading demonstrations, and a heifer fitting challenge.
Friday’s program of junior judging and heifer classes will culminate with an evening function where the winners of a photo competition will be announced.
The competition caters for photographs depicting Hereford cattle and youth, Herefords for all climates, animal portraits and farm life.
Presentations of handler champions will round out the program on the Saturday.
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