On The Land

23 April, 2023

All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp judged a winner

THE future of the Atherton Tablelands stud dairy cattle industry is in good hands judging by the attendance of 40 enthusiastic participants at the All Breeds Educational Dairy Youth Camp held at Malanda Showgrounds from 3-6 April.

Junior Encouragement Award, Reece Rielly
Junior Encouragement Award, Reece Rielly


Conducted and organised by the All Breeds Dairy Committee Inc., the camp was hailed a great success.

It was attended by participants, aged between 10-17 years, who came from across the Atherton Tablelands.

All Breeds Dairy Committee Inc treasurer Greg English said a highlight of the camp was the personal growth of the students during the exercise.

“The camp is so much more than learning about calves,” he said.

“The students learn teamwork and inclu-siveness, public speaking and basic first aid amongst many other life skills.

“The smiles on the students’ faces and how their confidence has grown over the course of the camp, makes the enormous amount of work we put into the camp worth-while.”

The camp commenced in 1988 and has been run in various formats since then.

The students were involved in preparing their own dairy animal which was shown at the “All Breeds Calf Day” at the end of the camp.

The camp catered for beginners as well as for more experienced participants.

They all learned the basics, as well as the finer points involved in selecting a dairy animal to show, and its subsequent training and handling, clipping, washing, grooming, parading and judging in the show ring.

More experienced participants were given the opportunity to further develop their existing skills to a higher level of professionalism.

What made this dairy camp special is that, as well as specific dairy showing skills, the participants also learned valuable life skills which will benefit them in the future.

The camp gave great learning opportuni-ties for public speaking with the use of the microphone, being able to meet and develop friendships with students from other schools and develop teamwork and leadership skills.

The participants benefited greatly from numerous tutors and guest speakers who shared their experiences and interesting in-sights on a wide range of topics.

Tutors who spoke and gave firsthand dem-onstrations included Phil Hentschke (Anato-my of the Cow and Judging), Paul Newland (Parading), Kelvin Cochrane (Clipping) and Colin Daley (Use of the Microphone).

Guest speakers included Leslie Brown (Tableland Snake Catchers), Sergeant Pipia and Constable Grace (Malanda Police), Adam Byrnes (Malanda Ambulance), An-thony Ball and Brittany Pearce.

Terese Daley and Patrick English assisted with Parading and Clipping tuition.

The final event of the camp was the “All Breeds Calf Day” when 65 calves aged be-tween one month to under 18 months were paraded before Judge Phil Hentschke in eight separate age classes.

The six dairy breeds comprising Illawar-ra, Jersey, Brown Swiss, Guernsey, Holstein and Red Holstein dairy animals provided a magnificent spectacle on the day.

Joint “Student of the Camp” winner Mary English said the best part of the camp for her was the wide range of topics covered such as public speaking and anatomy of a cow.

“I have attended a few of these camps and they just keep getting better every year,” she said.


Winners: Joint “Overall Student of the Camp” Erin Burtenshaw and Mary English

Runner-Up: Frances English

Junior Encouragement: Kirra Andersen

Intermediate Encouragement: Sienna Rielly

Senior Encouragement: Lucas Rielly

Calf Day: Final event was the “All Breeds Calf Day” where 65 calves paraded before Judge Phil Hentschke in 8 age classes.

Junior Champion: Raschoda Matt Candy – Danii Stremouchiw

Reserve Champion: Raschoda Derek Samanther – Emily Paulger

Honourable Mention: Eachamvale Kaye 25 – April Burtenshaw

Senior Champion: Eachamvale Chance 60 – Frances English

Reserve Champion: Raschoda Bontino Sarabi – Ravenshoe State School

Honourable Mention: Eachamvale Roma 4 – Patrick English

Supreme Champion Heifer: Raschoda Matt Candy – Danii Stremouchiw

The All Breeds Dairy Committee Inc. would like to sincerely thank the following sponsors for their generous contributions – AI Centre Malanda, Rabobank, Mt Emerald Wind Farm Community Farm, Bega Cheese Limited, DFMC (Dairy Farmers Milk Co-Op, Lowes Petroleum, Holstein Australia, Holstein Queensland, Smartelec, Jersey Australia, Tableland Fertilizer, Elders Tablelands, Advanced Rural, Roc’s Stockfeeds, Cairns AV Hire, John & Geraldine Nahrung, Eacham Stockfeeds, Jonsson’s Farming, Pizza On James, Atherton Trophies & Engraving, All Things Admin


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