Teens keen to pitch in for Stanthorpe Show
ASK Caitlin Debnam what's the best way to spend a Saturday and her answer is likely to include "working with cattle".
The 13-year-old Stanthorpe schoolgirl is one of the next generation of beef industry enthusiasts.
"I love working with cattle and I love taking them to shows. That's one of the best parts," she explained.
It's pretty fun working with cattle. Each animal is different. They all have different temperaments and it's interesting working out what they are like.
When the Bush Tele caught up with Caitlin, she and her mate, 11-year-old Curtis Batterham, were busy washing animals for the all-important led steer program at Stanthorpe Show.
This year they were working for AT Limousins, at Ballandean, shampooing and drying the cattle ahead of judging in the main arena.
It's a routine they are both familiar with having prepared cattle for showing as part of the school cattle team, as well as for other local studs.
"It's pretty fun working with cattle. Each animal is different," Caitlin said.
"They all have different temperaments and it's interesting working out what they are like."
While Caitlin found the judging side of the led steer competition rather nerve-wracking, Curtis relished the chance to show his skills in front of a crowd.
"I do get a bit nervous, but once you have done it a few times it's more fun than anything else and it gets easier," he said.
Both agreed the highlight of travelling with cattle on the local show circuit was more about the people you met than the anxiety of competition.
"You see a lot of the same people from show to show and it's really good fun," Caitlin said.
And the duo agreed getting involved in the cattle industry was a past-time they would highly recommend to their peers.
"It's the best, people should at least try it," Curtis said.