The 2018 Herefords Queensland Annual Youth Show was held at Pittsworth Showgrounds, QLD from the 6th – 8th of July.
The show was a great success, with 59 competitors and 71 head of cattle attending the weekend.
Saturday was filled with informative talks, including sessions run by Hayley Robinson from MLA, Luke Goldthorpe from Coopers Animal Health, Jane Lowe from Queensland Country Life, and Peter Atkinson of Allora Veterinary practice.
Careers in agriculture were discussed with Hannah Bourke from Herefords Australia, Kate Reid from AA Co, and Simon Booth from Landmark.
Competitors also participated in hands-on sessions about junior judging and public speaking, cattle nutrition, back to basics, and parading.
The competitors showed off what they had learnt over the weekend through a junior judging competition, cattle classes, and parading.
There were a range of awards received, with Orrick Youll winning Grand Champion Herdsman, Alex Rankin winning Grand Champion Public Speaker, Drew Weller winning Grand Champion Parader, and Riley Bacon as Grand Champion Junior Judge.
The Queensland Ambassador Award sponsored by the Herefords Queensland Association was awarded to Aleacea Nixon and the Lyn Zillman award for Queensland Hereford Youth Member of the Year went to Meg Reid. Colby George took home the award for the Most Potential Hereford Breeder.
In the cattle classes Drew Weller took the lead with his heifer Glenwarrah Lass N114 winning both Grand Champion Heifer and Supreme Animal.
“Thank you to all of our sponsors and in particular our major sponsors: RAFF Group, Coopers Animal Health, and Queensland Country Life.” Said Herefords Queensland Youth Association President, Meg Reid.
“A huge thank you also to Back Plains School for catering, our judges, and all of the people who supported us over the weekend.” Ms Reid said.
The committee are already looking forward to the 2019 show which will once again be held in Pittsworth in early July.
Visit the Herefords QLD Youth Association Facebook page HERE for more information and photos from the weekend.
Drew Weller with his heifer Glenwarrah Lass N114 who won both Grand Champion Heifer and Supreme Animal. Pictured with Herefords Queensland Youth Association President, Meg Reid,
The new Herefords Queensland Youth Association committee for 2018.
The Lyn Zillman award was won by Meg Reid (left), presented by Lyn Zillman. The Queensland Ambassador Award, sponsored by the Herefords Queensland Association was awarded to Aleacea Nixon and judged by Amy Rawson (right)
Participants in the HQYA 2018 show enjoyed a full weekend of informative talks and cattle showing.