Celebrating its 25th year of competition, the Rockhampton Junior Beef Competition kicked off in Rockhampton on the 30th June this year. Hosted by the Australian Brahman Breeders Association, over 3 action packed days, 160 kids aged from 5 to 25 years of age made the most of their school holidays to learn more about the Beef Industry.
After an initial enquiry for support by Middlemount Rural in 2013, Ancare (Merial) and CRT combined resources to become key supporters of this event providing the competition bibs worn by the attendees for the entire 3 day competition.
Whilst the primary focus of the event involves the stud and showing side of the cattle industry (junior judging, junior parading and cattle judging), the competitors also learn about careers in agriculture and are introduced to skills such as ear tagging, and artificial insemination. The gathering also includes social activities such as meal cooking and competitions like the ‘Pasture Olympics’.
Traditionally the majority of attendees come from Queensland with some interstate visitors from the Northern Territory and Western Australia. Occasionally, an international competitor from America turns up!
There has been great feedback from the organisers of the Junior Beef Competition about the bibs which are also being utilised by the Queensland Brahmousin and Simmental Societies for their annual Beef Camps. It seems everyone wants the bibs! – both the Limousin and Santa Gertrudis Societies have expressed their interest in the same support for their upcoming events in 2015 and 2016.