IF big entries are to be a guide there is certainly plenty of enthusiasm for an upcoming heifer camp in Canberra.
The 2021 Keajura Park National Limousin Junior Show has attracted 140 entries from participants aged 5 to 25.
Brothers Ed and Hamish Maclure of the Keajura Park Stud at Tarcutta in southern NSW have a close affinity to heifer shows and have learned so much from their past experiences.
The family have this year accepted naming rights to the 2021 event and are thrilled with the interest it has attracted.
Entries from Narooma, Bathurst, Sydney, Wagga as well as interstate including Victoria and South Australia have been submitted.
Some of the skills which will be shared include making rope halters. The beginners will be able to make a halter and take it home.
There will also be a fancy dress competition called capers.
A fitting (or grooming) competition for teams is in the mix plus there is a sire progeny class where participants need to find a group of three animals with the same sire.
"There will be heifer classes, paraders and junior judging," Mrs Maclure said.
She explained the more experienced participants will learn more about BreedPlan, nutrition and managing data.
"There will be a trivia competition on Thursday night followed by a formal dinner on Friday night," she said.
"An auction will raise money for the Limousin Youth at the dinner."
Three scholarships have been made available for the participants. Participants can apply and there will be interviews conducted to select the winners.
A heifer is also being raffled to raise money for the Limousin Youth.
Mrs Maclure said the Keajura Stud decided to establish naming rights after winning the supreme champion heifer at the Sydney Royal Easter Show.
"We used our prize money to be the sponsors," she said.
"We have been showing cattle since 2016 and have been to many youth camps across NSW, Victoria and South Australia," Mrs Maclure said.
Both Hamish and Edward have gained insights from attending heifer camps and shows plus, being involved in the beef industry that the family saw the sponsorship opportunity as a way of giving back.
"At camps you learn about everything from how to feed animals to assessing them for structure. You learn how to speak on a microphone and how to parade and prepare animals in the show ring."
Hamish said he really enjoyed the SA heifer show in Adelaide back in 2019. He was able to see the different cuts of an animal and learn about markets.