Cattle camp draws large group
From AI to clipping and cattle care there was lots of info for students
NEARLY 70 young cattle enthusiasts have had the opportunity to experience everything from feed-lotting to clipping, judging and semen analysis at the Toogoolawah Junior Cattle Camp.
In its third year, youth aged eight to 25 experienced everything cattle across four days of learning at the Toogoolawah Showgrounds.
Not only were Somerset children well in attendance, but participants also came from Goondiwindi, St George and the Burnett region to learn about cattle.
Junior camp co-ordinator Tania Haynes said this year’s camp was run by group leaders, who did a fantastic job across the four days.
“We are very happy with how all of the participants went throughout the weekend, they were a great group of kids who were respectful of the cattle and the cattle donors,” she said.
The camp offered a range of learning activities including visits to Brisbane Valley Meats, preparing and grooming cattle for shows, clipping demonstrations along AI practice and scanning for eye muscle area, fat and IMF.
Also included in the camp was a charity dinner and auction, which had more than 250 people in attendance.
The final of the young auctioneers competition was held during the auction and judged by Toogoolawah auctioneer Jack Fogg.
Ryan Adams won the competition with Hunter Haynes receiving a highly commended and Harrison Drynan taking out the encouragement award.
The auction raised more than $17,000 and this year the camp is donating 50 per cent to charities and organisations including drought support organisation Thirsty Cow, local bushfire victims and Yarraman State School.
Ms Haynes said the organisers were grateful for the cattle donations and the youth development committee who put in many hours of work behind the scenes.
“We look forward to running a great camp again next year,” she said.
FUN TIMES: Participants of the Toogoolawah Cattle Camp held earlier in September.
Winners of the Prime Cattle judging at the cattle camp.