Future of cattle industry is bright after junior show
SANTA Gertrudis Breeders Association of Australia general manager Stephen Ware was on hand for the show last week.
"I've been really impressed with the calibre of the young people who have attended this year's camp," he said.
"They don't all come to us off cattle properties so that's a great thing for our future, expanding our supporter and interest base.
"We're investing in the future of the Santa Gertrudis breed and these kids are the future of the breed and the beef industry in Australia."
Mr Ware said the association had a varied role within the industry but worked mainly to benefit the members.
"Our membership extends from stud breeders to commercial breeders," he said.
"The association works tirelessly to promote the Santa Gertrudis breed and carefully monitor breeding specifications across the country.
"We have two classifiers that travel the country meeting with breeders, making sure they keeping within the specifications of where we want the breed to go."
Mr Ware said it would be the first time some of the children attending the camp would have led cattle.
"They've all either brought their own animals or have been allocated one and it's their responsibility to care for the animal over the duration of the camp," he said.
"They'll need to feed, water and look after the animal as well as get to know it."
Mr Ware said many of the visiting judges and lecturers were well respected members of the Australian beef industry.
"It's great to have that calibre of people in attendance here, passing on their knowledge to the kids," he said.
"There's been a lot to absorb, but they're all very keen and eager to learn and have been taking it all in.
"Many of these kids will go on to establish their own studs and work within the cattle industry and the prospects for the future are looking very bright."