Wednesday, 07 February 2024 13:55

Teen shines at youth camp

Written by  Staff Reporters
Riley Taylor, 17, Opunake, Taranaki was presented with the Paramount Cup – awarded to the top all-rounder. Riley Taylor, 17, Opunake, Taranaki was presented with the Paramount Cup – awarded to the top all-rounder.

Riley Taylor's leadership skills and ability to surmount challenges has seen him presented with the top award at the 2024 World Wide Sires national all dairy breeds youth camp.

The 17-year-old from Opunake, Taranaki was presented with the Paramount Cup – awarded to the top all-rounder – at the conclusion of the youth camp, held in Feilding from January 5-8.

HFNZ field officer and youth camp co-ordinator Amelia Griffin says she was impressed with the excellent leadership skills Taylor showed toward the younger attendees at camp.

“It was greatly appreciated by the helpers, as there were a lot of younger participants this year who had never done anything like this before,” Griffin says.

“Riley also did an amazing job with his difficult animal, which was meant as a challenge to see how he would cope. We were all greatly impressed with his final results on show day.”

Each year Holstein Friesian NZ hosts the youth camp, which is designed to upskill young people aged 10-21 interested in showing and handling dairy cattle.

Held over four days, the camp allows young people to make friends, learn about animal behaviour and care and take part in a mini show and team building activities. Educational modules at the 2024 youth camp included clipping, care and maintenance and an artificial insemination module run by LIC.

Each year five awards are presented at the conclusion of the youth camp: Top Junior Handler, Top Senior Handler, Best Presented Heifer, the Dennis Terry Memorial Trophy for most improved clipper, and the Paramount Cup for best all-rounder.

This year, Top Junior Handler went to Toby Whytock (14) of Te Awamutu; Top Senior Handler went to Zara Williams (16) of Manawatu; Best Presented Heifer went to Hayley Ferrier (14) of Otorohanga, and the Dennis Terry Memorial Trophy to Elyse Horgan (12) of Feilding. The best team title went to the Joyclas Holsteins team.

Griffin says the 2024 camp was a great success.

“The 2024 camp saw a lot of younger participants and first timers attend,” she says.

“With over half the participants being under 15 years of age we had our work cut out for us.

“All the participants worked extremely hard over the four days which was evident when the animals walked into the ring for the show on the Monday. I am so proud of all the work the attendees did and the leadership that was shown by our older participants during the camp.”

More like this

HFNZ appoints new patron

Otago dairy farmer and breeding stalwart Denis Aitken has been appointed Holstein Friesian New Zealand's new patron.

The figures tell the story

The challenge for Kiwi farmers to reduce herd size while maintaining or building production is generating an increase in demand for overseas genetics, says World Wide Sires.


Maui Milk blames supply/demand imbalance

Sheep milk processor Maui Milk says it’s one of many companies being impacted by the imbalance between supply and demand for New Zealand sheep dairy products.

Feds offer support for Maui Milk suppliers

Federated Farmers is arranging support for a small group of dairy sheep farmers in the North Island, who were told this week to stop milking by processor, Maui Milk.


Next generation of DNA testing

Herd improvement co-operative LIC is combining its DNA parentage testing and genomic evaluation services into one convenient service to help…

DCANZ rejects Canadian proposals

New Zealand dairy processors are rejecting new Canadian proposals for the administration of its dairy tariff rate quotas (TRQs) under…

Machinery & Products

Twin-axle slurry tankers on debut

French manufacturer Pichon, imported and retailed in New Zealand by Norwood, has introduced two new twin-axle ‘Slurry Vacuum’ SV slurry…

Make that large please!

KUHN Farm Machinery has introduced a new flagship FC 13460 RA trailed mower conditioner, in the shape of the FC…

» Latest Print Issues Online

Milking It

Cows meta to Zuckerberg

OPINION: Mark Zuckerberg's multimillion- dollar housing project on Hawaii is attracting a lot of interest.

» Connect with Dairy News

» eNewsletter

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter