About the SA Junior Heifer Expo
The concept and establishment of the Expo was the initiative of a dedicated and visionary group of South Australian beef cattle producers, who recognised the potential long and short-term benefits of such an event. These breeders felt the future of the Australian beef industry would be enhanced through the education and encouragement of our youth to become active, constructive and enthusiastic participants within the industry. The inaugural Expo was staged in 1985 and from humble beginnings it has grown to its present status. The average participation rate is now around 150 junior community members per year ranging from 8 to 23 years of age. Over 3000 have entered this event since its beginning. They have come from all states of Australia as well as New Zealand. The major annual award at the Expo is a scholarship for a four month study tour of North America, which is awarded to the Senior Champion Herdsman. This acts as a huge incentive, enticing many participants to return year after year. As testimonial to the events original objective, a large number of the participants have gone on to take up very prominent and responsible positions within the beef industry and the community in general.
Participants are required to have a heifer or steer that they work with over the 4 days of the event. A supply network assists those who do not have immediate access to a suitable animal. Expo participants and their livestock are accommodated at the Adelaide Showground at Wayville, during the event, to undertake the full and comprehensive program. This along with responsible leaders and the age variation "buddy" system ensures participants gain maximum benefit from their participation. Besides the educational benefits, numerous lifelong friendships have been established as a direct result of meeting at this Expo.
The main objective is to
encourage livestock enthusiasts
to gain knowledge and skills
in the many facets of the cattle industry.
The following are indicators of awards & prizes presented at the end of the 4 days of the SA Junior Heifer Expo. New awards and prizes are continuously being sought.
- Junior, Intermediate and Senior Champion Heifers
- Champion Commercial Steer/Heifer
- Champion Steer
- Junior, Sub Intermediate, Intermediate and Senior Champion Handlers
- Junior, Sub Intermediate, Intermediate and Senior Achievement Awards
- Special Novice Award
- Junior Encouragement Awards
- Sub Intermediate Encouragement Award
- Sub Intermediate and Intermediate Marketing Award
- Junior Judging
- Senior Herdsman Marketing Competition
- Young Cattle Breeder Award
- Intermediate Education Scholarship Award
- Senior Clipping Achievement Award
- Senior Clipping Encouragement Award
- R.A. & H.S. of S.A. Inc Award of Excellence
- SA Junior Heifer Expo Senior Champion Herdsman Award (North America Study Trip)
- SA Junior Heifer Expo Reserve Senior Champion Herdsman Award (New Zealand Study Trip)
"Our aim is to continue to improve the Expo as a
platform for our youth within the beef industry,
allowing further development of their knowledge,
experience and opportunities in life
and enabling them to become