Getting ahead of the cattle game
OVER 50 kids across the region will take part in a new educational cattle camp encompassing all aspects of the preparation of stud and commercial cattle.
The inaugural Brangus Youth Camp (January 14-16) is being hosted at the Biloela Showgrounds where members of the Brangus Society of Australia aged from 5-25 will be educated on cattle selection, cattle ownership and competing in the showing.
President of Brangus Youth Camp Brad Hanson from Moura said this three day educational cattle camp is about educating the next generation of cattle breeders on every aspect of efficient cattle ownership.
“It’s about educating and getting them started in the breed so they have right foundation to go on with what they are selecting with animals,” Mr Hanson said.
“There’s a prime section where we get commercial cattle in and the kids have to select which ones are meatworks suitable
“The cattle come in on Wednesday and then are taken to the meatworks to be processed on Thursday and the participants get feedback data on their selections on how they placed them
“We also have BreedPlan representatives coming here who aid the participants with figures and data to select size, what traits to look for when selecting cattle on an on-property situation.”
Mr Hanson is excited to be co-ordinating the first ever Brangus Youth Camp and he has seen first-hand the benefit that this kind of camp can have for youngsters in the cattle game.
“I’ve been involved with other junior camps with my kids in the also nine ears and they’ve really come ahead,” Mr Hanson said.
“They challenge me on my selections at home, they have an active role in our stud operations and commercial operations.
“All of that knowledge has come through these type of camps and the want to be involved.”
In addition to real-life applications the camp also teaches participants how to perform with cattle in the showing.
“The correct way to set up their bedding, the representation of their animals and the way to parade and lead,” Mr Hanson said.
“The etiquette and manners and involved will be taught.
“There’ll be no ribbons handed out at the end for the best animal this year but we may look to that next year by running a show in conjunction with the education camp.”
Instructors over the three day camp include accredited showing judges and Teys Biloela representatives.
Head to the Brangus Youth Camp Facebook page for more.