Youth shine on big stage


The 2011 Woodbourn Murray Grey Youth Junior Ambassador has taken out top honours at the recent Stud Beef Victoria Handlers Camp, Melbourne, and the South Australian Junior Heifer Expo, Adelaide.

Jess Crick, 16, Koondrook, has recently taken out Champion Junior Judge and Champion Herdsman at the recent handler’s camp in Melbourne. Jess is therefore the recipient of the prestigious New Zealand tour to Mt Linton Station.

This year more than 80 participants were instructed on many different aspects such as how to make halters and straw beds, how to wash, groom, clip and generally make their cattle look their best for the show ring, all in a fun and caring environment.

The Camp included a handler’s competition and a Cattle Show, where participants learnt about the commercial world of cattle breeding and showing.

Following her outstanding success at the Melbourne event, the accolades did not stop at the following SA Junior Heifer Expo.

The SA event, regarded as one of the nations finest, proved no obstacle for the capable young lady, taking out champion intermediate handler and best fitted animal of show.

Jess had been a standout junior ambassador at the Woodbourn Murray Grey Youth Ambassador Awards earlier in the year. Murray Grey Youth president, Jake Phillips, said “It is fantastic to see Murray Grey Youth enjoy success at reputable events in hot competition across the country; Jess has put in an outstanding effort”. Jake also went onto say “The success enjoyed by previous ambassadors at other events is a testament to the quality of the Woodbourn Murray Grey Ambassador Awards and the education and opportunities it offers to the youth of the beef industry”.