Camp teaches stu­dents cat­tle tips, tricks

Harvey-Waroona Reporter - - FRONT PAGE - David Charlesworth

A close shave: Jemma An­thony, 16, of Esper­ence, puts skills learnt at the 14th an­nual WA Youth Cat­tle Han­dlers Camp in Brunswick into ac­tion. The camp ran from April 11 to 14 and saw nearly 100 young peo­ple from all over the State get hands-on ex­pe­ri­ence in all as­pects of the in­dus­try.

STU­DENTS from across the State learnt ev­ery tip and trick of the cat­tle in­dus­try over three days dur­ing the 14th WA Youth Cat­tle Han­dlers Camp at the Brunswick Show­grounds on April 12-14.

Nearly 100 stu­dents aged from 8 to 25 took part in the camp and stayed at the show­grounds where guest speak­ers and cat­tle in­dus­try ex­perts shared first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence over three days.

Camp com­mit­tee chair­man Alan Pen­fold said the stu­dents had vary­ing de­grees of ex­pe­ri­ence and even in­cluded met­ro­pol­i­tan-based at­ten­dees with an in­ter­est in the in­dus­try.

“A good 50 per cent of the camp is ac­tu­ally ur­banised, a lot of them it’s the first time they have had any­thing to do with cat­tle,” Mr Pen­fold said.

“A lot of them have gone on into the ru­ral com­mu­nity.”

He said the ex­pe­ri­ence was with dairy and beef cat­tle, with South Aus­tralian dairy judge Casey Treloar and Bus­sel­ton beef judge Ge­off Dawe tak­ing part.

“We try to cover a broad range of ac­tiv­i­ties for them but the core thing is show­ing cat­tle,” he said.

Vol­un­teers were es­sen­tial to the camp with many past stu­dents com­ing back to help, teach or sit on the com­mit­tee.

“It’s prob­a­bly one of the few or­gan­i­sa­tions where it’s pre­dom­i­nantly run and helped along with the younger gen­er­a­tion, which it was al­ways aimed to be,” he said.

Mr Pen­fold said the camp was set up by mem­bers of the cat­tle in­dus­try fol­low­ing the Brunswick Show one year, to pass on the val­ues of pre­par­ing and show­ing cat­tle.

Stu­dents ap­plied for one of 100 places in the camp and trav­elled from across the State, in­clud­ing Esper­ance, Broome and Mo­rawa.

Mr Pen­fold said the com­mit­tee hoped to at­tract more spon­sor­ship to en­sure the fu­ture of the camp and pos­si­bly in the fu­ture set up a schol­ar­ship for trav­el­ling stu­dents.

Photo avail­able at west­ Pic­ture: Jon Gell­weiler

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