Event back after 11 years
IT was a day for the youngsters at Lismore Showgrounds yesterday as the Dairy Spectacular returned after an 11-year absence.
More than $1100 in prize money was up for grabs – enough to attract competitors from as far away as the Atherton Tablelands and Gympie.
An added attraction was the chance of the teenagers to be judged by international experts – Johannes van Eeden from South Africa, Dave Savage from Canada, and Tony De Mello from California – whose feedback to those parading yesterday was pure gold.
But it’s not just coming first that counts, said Tegan Clark, from the Sunny Valley holding at Caniaba.
“It’s all fun,” said Ms Clark, the third place-getter in the 20 years and under judging event, who has worked with cattle all her life.
Her heifer, Prejudice – sister of Pride – is a little too domesticated for such an event, Ms Clark said.
“She’s too casual, not too alert,” she said. “She likes me too much.”
Winner of the Supreme Juvenile Champion was Caloula Ridge Blitz Connie, bred by JL and ML Drury.
Spectacular continues today, kicking off at 9am with the In Milk classes.
“There are so many cattle coming from far and wide tomorrow, including from Nowra and Gympie,” said announcer Kevin Elsley
“It will be a great day, and people coming down to the farmers’ market should pop in and have a look,” MrElsley said.