Victoria Loeffen, from Ararua, took first place in the senior cattle showing competition

Cattle showing continues

by Ann van Engelen

The Northern Royal Agricultural Society Youth Cattle Showing awards were announced live via the internet last week with Kaipara residents making positive headway at the show.

“First place for the senior cattle showing going to Ararua’s Victoria Loeffen. Second place went to Cara Doggett of Wellsford, and Arjan Pedersen from Kaiwaka placed fourth with Danika Beardsall, also from Kaiwaka, gaining a finalist position,” says RAS executive member Courtney Davies.

“In the junior cattle section, Maasi Schmaukel from Wellsford placed second. All the categories were well represented with four in both senior and junior lamb, goat and cattle sections. The contestants have accumulated points for attending A&P shows by presenting photos of their animal, writing about them and producing interactive talks describing what they learned about their animal and the breed.

“Victoria had been to a lot of shows and accomplished all the activities. It encourages young people to visit different shows even if they don’t take their animal. Some categories came down to the wire with one point between place-getters. 

“It was very encouraging to see that even though the young people couldn’t show their animal due to various reasons including M bovis, they still participated by sending in photos.  

“Some of the children got their previous ribbons out to show classmates what they had done in the past. It was nice to see that the interest has not dropped off. We are so pleased with how well they did, and everyone who participated was recognised by the Northern District RAS with a ribbon. 

“It is nice to see new people coming through as we are focussing on encouraging experienced and beginners to reach new goals and reap the rewards of their hard work.

“We are looking forward to the future and seeing what happens. Some shows are considering what their positions are going to be — but we hope to build and develop a successful online competition.”