From team grooming to sales talk, Manitoba youth gained some valuable beef industry skills over the long weekend.
The Manitoba Youth Beef Roundup held its eighth annual event over August long weekend at the Beautiful Plains Complex in Neepawa.
The event was sponsored by Enns Brothers and is focused on preparing young entrepreneurs for a career in the livestock industry.
“Where else can you attend an event with junior members all working together as teams and individual competitions, to learn the skills needed in the livestock industry?” said Lois McRae, event chairperson. “This is not just a cattle show. It is an all-around event to promote and educate youth to continue on in the livestock industry.”
Participants took part in a variety of competitions, including team grooming, individual and team judging, team marketing, showmanship, marketing, sales talk, art, photography, scrapbooking, and cattle classes of all breeds.
Competitions were designed to educate, encourage and unite participants in the business of agriculture and the beef industry.
“The juniors enjoyed the challenges and tasks they were given like halter making, verified beef, parts of the animal and tattooing an animal,” said McRae.
Fifty-five junior cattle producers attended the event and 88 head of cattle were shown.
“One of the highlights of Saturday was the cook-off, where up to six members on a team prepared a steak and created a theme,” said McRae. “Judges, Melinda German, general manager of Manitoba Beef Producers, Chuck Terin from the events sponsor, Enns Brothers, Betty Green from the Verified Beef Program and cattle judge, Chad Haaland, were impressed with the taste of the steaks, presentation, themes and costumes.”