Strong Interest for National Dairy Youth Camp


Young people from across the country have shown strong interest in the upcoming National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp.

With places filling fast, Event Organiser, Industry Trainer for GOTAFE National Centre for Dairy Education, Lucy Galt said the Camp is set to be the best yet.

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.

“We are really excited about the positive response to the expression of interest campaign. We have also been humbled by the amount of support and sponsorship offered by both local and nation organisations,” explained Ms Galt.

“We would like to pass on a big thank you to all of the Farms that are donating their time, money and Heifers to get these teams ready for our participants. We are excited by the quality of the show teams that we have being able to put together for the Camp.”

With activity sponsors confirmed, the Organising Committee is now expanding their sponsorship drive and are looking for Team Sponsors.

“We would like to thank International Dairy Week and Dairy Australia for their support and significant contribution to the event. We have confirmed our Major Sponsor, the Dairy Beef Alliance and welcome them on board. We would also like to thank Team Sponsors ABS Australia, Genetics Australia, Alta Genetics, Profit-a-bull and SEMEX. We would like to thank each of these organisations for their very generous sponsorships because without Sponsors the Camp can’t run. We have had a very good response to our sponsorship drive however more Team Sponsors are needed.”

The National All Breeds Dairy Youth Camp announced its new location last month, having previously been held at the Melbourne Showgrounds, the Camp has found a new home at Tatura Park, thanks to the generous sponsorship of International Dairy Week.

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.

“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.”

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.

“Our volunteer committee are doing an awesome job and working hard to ensure the Camp is successful and has a bright future.”

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.