ALCA Junior membership is easily affordable and open to any young cattle enthusiast, who is 21 years and under. We also have a membership category for schools that are interested in using Lowline cattle in their agricultural programs.
Many junior members throughout Australia, New Zealand and the United States already own and operate their own studs. Lowlines are moderate in size, easy to handle and have ideal temperaments for younger people, helping them to gain management skills and confidence.
ALCA Youth programs are organised for student and junior members, some involving interstate and overseas travel opportunities. There is also a dedicated juniors page in every ALCA Newsletter.
Further activities are organised in other states for junior members. These activities provide an opportunity to learn handling, show presentation and animal husbandry skills which develop friendships, teamwork, confidence and responsibility as well as meeting people of your own age with similar interests.
Grand Parade A&P Show Rangoria NZ – October 2019
Held in October 2019, the A&P show at Rangiora, is our local show run by the Northern A&P Assn (even though we are in the South Island, we are north of Christchurch, hence the name we were given more than 150 years ago). Pictured above are the young handlers leading Lowlines in the Grand Parade. They are not in breed uniform because the show had no cattle competitions per se (a consequence of the micoplasma bovis scare in NZ) but Woolstone Stud had cattle there – the only cattle on the ground – for the young handlers, young judges, and herdsperson competitions. The young people in the photo are from three different high schools and a primary school in the district and bringing up the rear (in the sunglasses) is Kay Worthington, Woolstone Park Stud.
The above was filmed at the recent NZ Agricultural Show with Courtney Winter, a past youth member of the Woolstone Cattle Handling Team, NZ, interviewing. Courtney was at Beef 2015, in Rockhampton, on the Youth exchange programme ( between South Queensland Promotion Group and Woolstone Park Lowlines, NZ).
Phil Worthington says ”This interview formed part of her final year of training as a TV journalist. Courtney also spoke with our present team leader, Caitlin Rhodes, for the young exhibitor’s viewpoint. Caitlin won the Lady Isaac Scholarship at the show – Champion Junior Herdsperson – and as a result, will be attending the Canberra Royal in 2020.”
Australian Lowline Youth Judging Competition – March 2019
LOWLINES WILL BE THE FEATURE BREED in 2019 at Toowoomba Royal Show & the Southern Queensland Promotion Group is getting ready
At this Show, we will also hold a youth judging competition with the major prize being $500 to support travel to the 2019 Canterbury A&P Show in Christchurch, New Zealand. All ALCA juniors and school members are invited to enter this competition. We have been working hard to make sure you all thoroughly enjoy this event, make new friends, and gain knowledge and experience of the Beef Cattle Industry
Student Judging Criteria:
1. Must be a Junior ALCA member or a student of a school that actively shows Lowlines (on their or a breeders’ behalf)
2. Must be 15 years of age or older (less than 21 years)
3. Must be able to attend the 2019 Christchurch Show (November)
4. Must be willing to be an Associate Judge at the Christchurch Show
5. Must indicate on the score sheet that they are interested in the promotion
6. Must be willing to provide a written testimonial, plus photos for the Lowline Journal on their return
7. The student with the highest placement that meets the above criteria will win
The student event will be held on Saturday 30th March 2019, at around midday.
For more information on the Youth Judging Event please email firstname.lastname@example.org around
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