NZFarmer : February 17th 2009
10 Straight Furrow • February 17, 2009 Dairy Extra By DENISE GUNN HE Semex Youth Regional Challenge held at the inaugural New Zealand Dairy Event in January at Manfeild Park, Feilding, was the first competition of its type to be held in this country. Six teams consisting of four members under the age of 26 took part in the event. The teams were Wairarapa, Canterbury/Westland, the Manawatu Magnificent Milkers, Ayrshire NZ Youth, the Manawatu Cowgirls and the Waikato Holstein Fitters. New Zealand Dairy Event chairman Selwyn Donald said the Youth Regional Challenge was based on similar events in Australia. After drawing a number, teams were each allocated a heifer which they led into one of six clipping bays set up in front of the grandstand. Then the race against the clock began, providing some nail-biting moments for specta- tors and supporters. “Everyone was buzzing,” said Mr Donald. Each team member set to work with clippers, scissors, potions and hairdryers as the heifers were preened and polished to perfection. Judges assessed each team noting their progress, tech- niques and the team members’ ability to work well together. When the clock stopped, teams moved onto the next stage of the challenge: leading the heifer. One team member was cho- sen to lead the heifer and their handling skills were judged. Another team member was chosen to judge the heifers in the show ring and provide rea- sons for their order of placings. Teams then took part in a dairy industry related quiz, with a few light-hearted ques- tions thrown in. A two-minute impromptu speech marked the final stage of the challenge. Mr Donald said it was decid- ed not to announce the leading team after each section. “We didn’t want teams to feel pressured if they were trailing behind the others,” he said. Teams and the audience were kept in suspense until all the stages of the challenge were completed and the scores from each section were tallied up. The team from Wairarapa (Jessica Vaughan, Hayden Donald, Abby Hull and Ryan Lett) won the event followed photos: Denise Gunn Sarah Hazlitt and Susanna Booth of the Manawatu Cowgirls team work together to clip the head of their heifer in the Youth Regional Challenge by the Waikato Holstein Fitters in second and the Manawatu Magnificent Milkers in third place. Wairarapa team captain Jessica Do you want to enhance your property by upgrading your joinery, installing double glazing or extending your living area with a conservatory to capture your views? Call us today to discuss how we can help you design the perfect solution for your lifestyle including permits and floors. Ph 07 849 3817 12 Northpark Drive, TeRapa, Hamilton E email@example.com W www.originwindows.co.nz Build with confidence and professionalism, the Apollo Dairy way! Apollo Dairy designs and builds complete dairy sheds - including all services - country-wide! • Full turn key projects • All services and consents included • Fixed price contracts • We incorporate all milking machine companies • Rotary, Herringbone, Covered Feed Pads • Our range of plans or yours • Assist with project funding • Over 20 years experience ACT NORTH ISLAND: Claude Capon 07 849 3478 Email firstname.lastname@example.org CONT The Manawatu CONT ACT SOUTH ISLAND: Harvey Tyler 03 358 9185 Email email@example.com Magnificent Milkers clip and prepare their heifer for the show ring in the Youth Regional Challenge. Vaughan said her team had one practice before the event. “We clipped an animal to work out who was going to do what,” she said. The Wairarapa team found the clipping section was the most chal- lenging as they drew an unsettled heifer. “Our yearling didn’t settle very well in the clipping bay so we worked together to get her to settle.” The Wairarapa team members have known each other for years, often competing in the show ring together. “We didn’t expect to win, we just went in to give our best. “We were really pleased with the whole team’s effort,” she said. firstname.lastname@example.org www.straightfurrow.co.nz Wairarapa takes out youth dairy challenge T Wairarapa team captain Jessica Vaughan clips the head of a heifer as part of the Youth Regional Challenge at the New Zealand Dairy Event.
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