After a two- year hiatus Australia’s National Dairy Youth Camp is back.
Organised by Holstein Australia on behalf of the wider dairy industry, applications are open to all young people between the ages of 16 and 21 years, with no previous dairy experience required.
Mandy Pacitti of Misty Brae Holsteins in South Australia, who is organising the Camp on behalf of Holstein Australia, says reaction to the news that the camp is back has been phenomenal.
“There has been a real buzz around the news, both from industry and those wanting to take part. We are looking forward to welcoming people from all over the country, representing all Australian dairy breeds,” says Mandy.
Young people with a passion for dairy are being encouraged to apply via the Holstein Australia website. The Camp will take place in Sale, Victoria, from 6th to 10th January 2019.
The National Dairy Youth Camp will have a focus on supporting young people to develop their leadership and teamwork skills and provide valuable information for those considering pursuing a career in dairy or as a breeder.
Camp activities will include animal health, husbandry, showmanship and judging sessions, plus seminars on AI, breeding programs, marketing and dairy career pathways. A number of industry experts will also be on hand, with a classification demonstration and mock auction planned, as well as a visit to the Maffra Cheese Company and evening BBQs and events.
Graeme Gillan, Holstein Australia CEO, says: “We really value the support we have received from industry for this must attend youth event that will help all of us in the future. The return of the National Dairy Youth Camp is long overdue, and I think the level of interest shown is a very positive sign for the dairy industry.”
Applications close Wednesday 12th December. Numbers are limited, and applications will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.
Established in 1914, Holstein Australia is the largest dairy cattle breed society in Australia. Recognised as a world leader in the provision of registration, classification and genetic improvement services for dairy producers, its Herdbook and Appendix contain the records of more than two million animals, with 60,000 new registrations and 50,000 classifications each year. Holstein Australia represents its members on numerous Australian and international organisations, and provides an independent, member-focused voice on matters affecting genetic improvement in the Australian dairy industry.
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