THE future of the agricultural industry is in good hands, thanks to the likes of Adam Harvey, who is learning the ropes at a young age.
The 13-year-old from Bellevue, Clermont, loves life on the land. So when the opportunity arose at the Springsure Show this year to jump on the ropes of a stud animal, he took it with both hands.
Adam competed in the junior paraders competition, run under the Queensland Shows banner, for the first time competitively at Springsure. He caught the eye of the judge from the get go and was awarded first place in the seven to under 13 years age group.
Adam knows winning isn't everything, but he admits it was pretty good.
"I didn't expect to win. Steve Hayward offered me an animal to lead from the Colinta Holdings Stud and I entered really just to have a go,” Adam said.
"I'd like to keep showing cattle. It's something my father use to do and I really just enjoy being with the cattle.”
Adam's father, Graham, said competitions like the young judges and parades on offer at agricultural shows such as Springsure provided children with valuable opportunities.
"The competitions are very beneficial,” Graham said.
"They've certainly got a lot bigger now, with schools teaching kids the skills and techniques. There are plenty of cattle camps and clinics on offer, which is great.
"There's always potential employers on the sidelines who watch these children, and that can lead to future jobs or other opportunities.”
The Springsure P&A Society runs a successful stud and cattle section at its annual show each year, and supports the Springsure Cattle Camp held annually around Easter.
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