Cat­tle camp draws large group

From AI to clip­ping and cat­tle care there was lots of info for stu­dents

Gatton Star - - LIFE INTO RURAL - Ali Kuchel [email protected]­ton­star.com.au

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.

PHO­TOS: CON­TRIB­UTED

FUN TIMES: Par­tic­i­pants of the Too­goolawah Cat­tle Camp held ear­lier in Septem­ber.

Win­ners of the Prime Cat­tle judg­ing at the cat­tle camp.

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