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Young beef barons in the making

RuralJoanne EisemannComment

FEBRUARY 2018 | Cody Handley

THE SECOND Tasmanian Junior Beef Expo went off without a hitch in January with over 60 participants showing up from around Tasmania and interstate.

The event ran for three days from 19th-21st January with participants camping at the Deloraine showgrounds.

The expo is aimed at young beef enthusiasts aged between 8 and 25 years old and is inclusive of all experience levels.

Like its previous year, the expo ran workshops as well as heifer, handlers and cattle assessment competitions. The workshops were run under a system of novice, intermediate and advanced categories to cater for everyone’s level of experience.

Among the information covered were things such as livestock safety while working within pens and leading cattle, washing and grooming, fitting cattle with halters and nose clips, and nutrition management.

“Some of these kids get to see some things I never got to see when I was their age. Hopefully we’re giving them some guidance on getting ahead earlier in life,” President Lachlan Woodcock said.

On the final day, the expo concluded with a heifer show with the winner taking home a Simmental heifer donated by Damelee Simmentals. This year’s winner was Lillian Rockcliff, age 14.

Photo | Mike Moores