Kids cattle camp builds skills and social networks

CATTLE FUN: Joshua Deveth cleans his Simmental beast in the wash bay at last year’s Simmental Junior National Camp. The camp will once again be held January 11 – 13 at the Pittsworth Showgrounds.
CATTLE FUN: Joshua Deveth cleans his Simmental beast in the wash bay at last year’s Simmental Junior National Camp. The camp will once again be held January 11 – 13 at the Pittsworth Showgrounds. Contributed

FOR kids with an interest in cattle, a summer camp is the perfect way to not only heighten their skills but to socialise with others.

The annual Simmental Junior National Camp will once again be held in January at the Pittsworth Showgrounds.

The cattle camp on January 11 - 13, is open to young people aged eight to 25 years and will give them an opportunity to learn more about the beef industry and the Simmental breed, in particular.

Junior Simmental Association committee member Jodie Sanguinetti said it gave participants the chance to look at careers in the beef industry.

"Not only do they benefit from the education, but it is excellent to see the kids make great new friends and have so much fun," she said.

"Some of the competitions include young judges competitions and young paraders competitions, with prizes for herdspersons in each age division."

Mrs Sanguinetti said prizes would up for grabs would include a trip to New Zealand in May 2013. She said parents were welcome to head along and watch the competitions and games.

"People are welcome to watch events, chat to breeders and mingle," she said.

Cost for the long weekend is $100, which includes all food and camping in a supervised group.

The three-day camp will raise funds for the Sony Foundation, which helps Australian children through Youth off the Streets and youth cancer programs.

Mrs Sanguinetti said a charity auction would also be held on January 12 at the showgrounds to raise money for the foundation.

Entries close on December 19.

For more information, phone Rebecca Skene on 0437 680 360 or visit the Simmental Junior Nationals Camp Facebook page.

Topics:  cattle, education, livestock, simmental



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