Teen wins best-presented heifer award at national event

Winton teenager Chloe Thomson won a best-presented heifer award at the National All Dairy Breeds...
Winton teenager Chloe Thomson won a best-presented heifer award at the National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp in Stratford. PHOTO: SUPPLIED
Southland 15-year-old Chloe Thomson’s steady grooming hand earned her a win in a national dairy cattle event in Taranaki.

The Winton teen won the overall award for the best-presented heifer at the National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp in Stratford, which ran from January 10 to 13.

She said it was her first time at the event and she had fun.

"I learned lots of new skills, which I’ll be able to use at future cattle shows.

“I love animals, especially dairy cattle.

"I have a passion for animal health and genetics and want to study to be a vet."

Each young person at the camp had their own heifer calf which they had to feed, groom, teach to be led on a halter and get show-ring ready.

Five Southland teenagers were involved in the event, out of a total of 23.

Chloe won best-presented heifer in her class and the overall award, while Jared Rutten (16), of Invercargill, won best-presented heifer in his class and was awarded the Dennis Terry Memorial Trophy for most-improved clipper.

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