Report by Hannah Powe
The 4th-6th of September 2015 will see another large contingence of animals and competitors rolling into Dubbo, NSW to take part in the 23rd National All Breeds Heifer Show. The NABHS is a multi-breed show that aims to bring together the breeds to showcase their junior members, take part in various competitions and provide an opportunity for education and teamwork whilst being involved in a fun weekend. Many Angus Youth members have seen large successes throughout previous years including Jack Laurie, the 2014 recipient of the Outwest Angus Award, being crowned the Grand Champion Judge at the 2014 NABHS.
This year at the 2015 Angus Youth National Roundup, Angus McGregor was awarded the Outwest Angus Scholarship to attend the National All Breeds Heifer Show and represent the Angus breed. Angus comes from Bell in Queensland where his family runs McGregor’s Angus. He is currently in his 3rd year of completing a fitter and turner apprenticeship with the aim of one day owning his own property and possibly completing his diesel mechanic trade. Angus was a Landmark Angus Youth Ambassador in 2014 and this year he is in his second year of ambassadorship with a role within the Angus Youth Management Committee.
We were able to interview Angus in the lead up to the NABHS:
What do you hope to get out of the NABHS?
To learn more about the cattle industry and what it has to offer across all the breeds and people at NABHS.
What do you believe are the benefits of taking part in junior programs and heifer shows such as the Angus Youth National Roundup and the NABHS?
They are a good experience for anybody who is interested in getting into the cattle industry and learning more about cattle.
What are your thoughts on a multi-breed junior show?
I think all breed shows are a great idea because they incorporate ideas from different breed groups. They also show the diversity in the cattle industry.
Do you think the Angus breed is competitive on an all breeds level?
Yes they are competitive on an all breeds level. They perform well in various places and applications.
What do you find best about the Angus Youth program and the opportunities it offers you and members?
The Angus Youth program provide lots of scholarships and opportunities to expand your knowledge of the industry and also gives you the opportunity to meet lots of new people from across the country.
Do you have any other comments?
I would like to thank Marg and Ewen McLeish from Outwest Angus for giving me the chance to attend the NABHS as part of their annual scholarship that they offer through the Angus Youth National Roundup.
We congratulate Angus on his successes within the Angus Youth program and wish him luck for the upcoming event he will represent Angus Youth and Outwest Angus at. Also Angus Youth would like to sincerely thank Outwest Angus for continually supporting this scholarship and providing a youth member with the opportunity to attend an all breeds junior program.
For more information on the 2015 National All Breeds Heifer Show or to get a copy of this year’s entry forms, please contact the NABHS secretary Sue Powe via email or 0412 462 720.