Youngsters get a feel for the big time

By Country News on June 13, 2016

Young farmers put their skills in animal husbandry and handling to the test at Numurkah in April for the annual Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders calf day.

Children as young as five took their calves into the ring for judging under the discerning but sympathetic eye of Trevor Campbell, who gave them feedback and encouragement.

The combination of youth and inexperience led to a few interesting moments as either little farmer or young calf decided they’d had enough and didn’t want to participate.

But with the support of experienced mentors, parents and siblings they all got a turn in the ring, and there were plenty of prizes and winning ribbons.

``Look, I’ve got $5,’’ one young boy shouted to his parents, after opening his envelope.

For the older teenagers, it was a case of honing the skills they had been learning in preparation for big events such as International Dairy Week.

Goulburn Murray Jersey Breeders  president Margaret Cockerell said the day attracted about 32 jersey entries and about 10 Brown Swiss entries from nine studs.

A total of 15 junior handlers attended.

``It’s basically a learning day for young people. We keep it fairly low-key and informal so they can all participate,’’ Ms Cockerell said.

``I think they’ve done very well, especially the little ones handling what can be quite big calves.

``As well as getting them involved, they also learn about handling and preparation leading up to the day.’’

The supreme champion, Froglands Vanahlem Pat, was owned by Ben Pedretti from Tallygaroopna and led by Bailey McNab.

By Country News on June 13, 2016

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