Santa gertrudis cattle putting the 'money in the bank’
FOR young cattlemen and women across Australia, the National Santa Gertrudis Youth Camp serves as a training ground and a meeting place.
The camp at Morgan Park has been nurturing the love of the santa gertrudis breed for the past 21 years. Each year hundreds travel from across the country to compete, learn and connect at the camp.
For many, the cattle play a big part of their lives.
Santa gertrudis is the only cattle Mia Doering has known. The Moree teen was born and raised around the cattle, which her family breeds commercially on its stud Spring Creek.
The Doering family run several hundred head of santa gertrudis on a several- thousand-hectare property.
Mia's family connection has fostered her love of the breed.
"They're a good tropical breed," she said.
"They're very productive. It puts the money in the bank."
Mia hopes to one day run a stud of her own.
It's a dream that has motivated Mia to some great successes along the way.
This year she had a number of placings at the four-day camp.
"I had a fifth in cattle judging, a third in paraders and I finished up eight overall," she said.
Forbes cattleman Cameron Toole is another of the camp's regulars, attending the annual event since 2010.
The 12-year-old, who was awarded junior champion parader at last week's event, said he enjoyed the camp.
"It's great being with friends, leading cattle and learning a lot of stuff," he said.
Cameron's family have their own stud and a long involvement in the santa gertrudis breed.
"All our family show and judge," he said.