Getting a taste of cattle work
STUDENTS from Esperance to Broome learnt every tip and trick of the cattle industry over three days during the 14th WA Youth Cattle Handlers Camp at the Brunswick Showgrounds from Thursday to Saturday.
Nearly 100 students aged from eight to 25 took part in the camp and stayed at the showgrounds where guest speakers and cattle industry experts shared first-hand experience.
Camp committee chairman Alan Penfold said the students had varying degrees of experience and even included metropolitan-based attendees.
“A good 50 per cent of the camp is actually urbanised and for a lot of them it’s the first time they have had anything to do with cattle,” Mr Penfold said.
“A lot of them have gone on into the rural community.”
He said the experience was with dairy and beef cattle, with South Australian dairy judge Casey Treloar and Busselton beef judge Geoff Dawe taking part.
“It’s probably one of the few organisations where it’s predominantly run and helped along with the younger generation, which it was always aimed to be,” he said.
Mr Penfold said the committee hoped to attract more sponsorship to ensure the future of the camp and possibly in the future set up a scholarship for travelling students.
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