Local young people are being given the opportunity to participate in a 5 day camp designed to support their interest in the dairy industry.
The National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp, previously held at the Melbourne Showgrounds has found a new home at Tatura Park, thanks to the generous sponsorship of International Dairy Week.
Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education, Lucy Galt, said the Camp, open to participants between 16 and 20 years of age, has been rejuvenated thanks to new major sponsor International Dairy Week.
“We are really looking forward to working closely with International Dairy Week, their support makes it possible to hold an event of this calibre, an event that is specifically designed to support young and enthusiastic dairy leaders.”
“This event has been running for more than 20 years and its success relies on the support and collaboration we receive from our sponsors and industry organisations,” she said.
International Dairy Week has become Australia’s premier dairy event and Director, Brian Leslie, said he couldn’t be happier with the new partnership.
“The National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp has played a vital part in encouraging young people to work in the dairy industry. The opportunity to gain knowledge and skills leading to a qualification is of vital importance for our young people. IDW is thrilled to be able to provide assistance and a home for the Camp to operate. Young people are our future and we are pleased to be involved,” said Brian.
During the five day camp participants will develop their confidence in handling dairy heifers, discuss breeding and new technology. Each participant is supplied with a heifer and throughout the week will learn how to care for the animal in the lead up to competition day, including daily feeding, watering, washing and grooming, clipping and monitoring.
“Participants also learn judging, showing and clipping skills, take part in team activities and also peer judging of each other’s showmanship,” explained Ms Galt.
The philosophy behind the Camp is to encourage young people from all backgrounds to foster their interest in dairy cattle and the dairy industry.
“We are really keen to see students from diverse backgrounds attend the Camp. In the past we have had students from across Australia and even New Zealand attend, all with varying degrees of experience with dairy cattle, and some with no experience at all. This event is all about exposing participants to the dairy industry, and hopefully foster a passion for it.”
Ms Galt went on to say the event has had a long history of supporting dairy enthusiasts and said that the event would not be possible without the support of the industry and its sponsors.
The Camp, held from Tuesday 3 to Saturday 7 January 2017 also provides excellent preparation for the International Dairy Week held from Sunday 15 to Thursday 19 January 2017.
The Sponsorship drive is now on, with Gold, Silver and Bronze packages available. For a copy of the sponsorship application please call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999.
To register your interest in attending the National Dairy Youth Camp visit www.gotafe.vic.edu.au/youthcamp or call Lucy Galt on 0488 144 999.