New beef festival for young people

By Jamie Salter

The Goulburn Valley Autumn Beef Festival is a new event coming to Numurkah Showgrounds in March.

Hosted by the Numurkah A&P Society, the event centres around promoting youth in the industry, who will be able to show stock, represent their schools and compete in junior judging.

Numurkah A&P Society member Shannon McCormick said the idea for the event came after a discussion with Numurkah Show chief steward for beef cattle Stuart Cameron, about having a show that would encourage the younger generation.

“NSW has youth shows and events everywhere but there's nothing else, and we need to encourage the youth,” she said.

Although the purpose of the event is for the youth, the day has been designed to include all ages, with schools and families encouraged to compete.

The Saturday, March 14 event will have two shows in one day: an Open All Breeds Beef Show for the adults, followed by the Youth and Schools All Breeds Beef Show, for entries under the age of 21.

Industry leaders will attend the event to share their expertise, including hoof trimmers, nutritionists, veterinarians and breeders with breed displays.

Catering will be provided throughout the day by the Numurkah A&P Society.

Entries for all classes are $10 and close on Friday, February 21.

For schools and youth who wish to enter the event, phone Stuart Cameron on 0428 655 201 or Shannon McCormick on 0498 134 998, who will pair together handlers and cattle.