THE futureof the dairy industry was honing its skills as part of the sixth SA All breeds Dairy Youth Camp, held at the Adelaide Showground last week.The camp is held every two years, with 35 entrants – almost half from non-dairy backgrounds.
NEXT GEN: Champion handler Lucy Newman, Meadows. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY
ALL SMILES: Hayley Madden, Seaford, and Bridget Liebelt, Paris Creek.
SA Holstein Youth coordinator Mandy Pacitti said the event was a chance to retain those with an interest.
GOOD TIMES: Saffron and Mungo Yates, Mount Torrens, practice their washing skills.
“We’rereally trying to foster and upskill the next generation to have dairy farmers into the future,” she said.“Without them, we won’t have an industry in Australia.”
YOUNG GUNS: Coordinator Mandy Pacitti with the “Stud Sire” Andrew Gray, and “Stud Heifer” Kelsey Adams. Photo: MIKE HENTSCHKE PHOTOGRAPHY
Mrs Pacitti said the camp involved a mix of theory and practical, covering topics from new milking and breeding technologies, anatomy, cow conformation,photography and presenting animals for showing.She said they were always trying to find new topics, and this year introduced nutrition and show ethics.
The camp culminated in a show on Wednesday last week withLisa Thompson, Allendale East, as judge.
INDUSTRY TALK: Tom Treloar, Keyneton, gets some handling tips from Jack Bramley, Parawa.
Mrs Pacitti said the camp was supported by industry with people volunteering timeto pass on their knowledge.
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