Valuable youth camp returns

By Country News

Young people with a passion for bovines are being urged to apply for Australia’s National Dairy Youth Camp.

The event has been in hiatus for two years and is returning to the dairy calendar next year with a bang.

Camp organiser Mandy Pacitti from Misty Brae Holsteins in South Australia said the response to the camp’s return had been ‘‘phenomenal’’.

‘‘There has been a real buzz around the news, both from industry and those wanting to take part,’’ Ms Pacitti said.

‘‘We are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the country, representing all Australian dairy breeds.’’

The National Dairy Youth Camp will have a focus on supporting young people to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and provide valuable information for those considering pursuing a career in dairy or as a breeder.

No previous dairy experience is required.

Camp activities will include animal health, husbandry, showmanship and judging sessions, plus seminars on AI, breeding programs, marketing and dairy career pathways.

A number of industry experts will also be on hand, with a classification demonstration and mock auction planned, as well as a visit to the Maffra Cheese Company.

The camp is also being supported by a number of dairy industry bodies and companies, including ST Genetics Australia, WFI, Worldwide Sires Australia, ABS, Semex Australia and Genetics Australia.

Holstein Australia chief executive officer Graeme Gillan said youth events helped the entire industry in the long run.

‘‘The return of the National Dairy Youth Camp is long overdue, and I think the level of interest shown is a very positive sign for the dairy industry,’’ Mr Gillan said.

The camp will take place in Sale, Gippsland, from Sunday, January 6, to Thursday, January10.

■Numbers are limited, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications close on Wednesday, December 12. To apply, visit: holstein.com.au