Calf sale to en­cour­age the own­ers

Stratford Press - - News - By ALICE COWDREY

A calf sale is be­ing held to en­cour­age more youth into cat­tle han­dling.

Strat­ford A&P Show Dairy sec­tion pres­i­dent Paul Van­ner, also on the A&P Show ex­ec­u­tive, says the in­au­gu­ral Strat­ford Next Gen­er­a­tion Sale is be­ing held in con­junc­tion with the Waikato show and New Zea­land Dairy Event. Dur­ing the sale, 25 calves will be up for auc­tion, pro­vid­ing an op­por­tu­nity for youth to get their hands on well-bred calves to han­dle and show in the fu­ture.

Paul says breed­ers are asked to sell a calf at the sale. The pur­chaser will be­come a mem­ber of the fu­tu­rity club and go on to show the an­i­mal as a calf, year­ling or a two year old.

He wants to en­cour­age youth to build greater pas­sion in show­ing cat­tle and some good prize money can be won, es­pe­cially in the two-year-old class. The an­i­mals are regis­tered with n breed­ers so­ci­eties so they can be used to breed from.

Be­cause of the threat of M. Bo­vis, the dairy sec­tion of the Strat­ford Show was can­celled this year. Pre­cau­tions will be taken, with calves put into sep­a­rate stalls.

■ The sale is be­ing held on No­vem­ber 23 at the Strat­ford Show­grounds, with a bar­be­cue at 6pm and the sale at 7pm.

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