Charolais Youth stampede to hit Dubbo

Charolais National Youth Stampede hits Dubbo in July

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More than 50 children will take part in education sessions, junior parading and more as part of the annual stampede.

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Sharnie Franco, 11, is pictured winning the pee wee junior judging at the Stampede last year with second place Elle Beaumont, and third placed Jack Robson.

Sharnie Franco, 11, is pictured winning the pee wee junior judging at the Stampede last year with second place Elle Beaumont, and third placed Jack Robson.

The Charolais National Youth Stampede is a key part of the events at the Charolais gathering at Dubbo from July 3-6.

More than 50 children will take part in education sessions, junior parading and more.

Charolais breed development manager and company secretary Colin Rex said the stampede saw the participants educated in safe handling of cattle, selecting cattle, technology including using and collecting DNA, and also mental health.

"It's a great opportunity for kids to break out and be a little more positive and confident in all aspects of their lives," Mr Rex said.

Sharnie Franco, 11, and her sister Olivia, 8, have taken part in the Stampede a few times now, and look forward to it each year.

Their mum, Brooke Fanco, Caloona Charolais, Tamworth, said Sharnie would be taking part for the fourth time this year with sister Olivia taking part for the second time.

"They enjoy the knowledge that they get, the experience, and the friendships that they've formed," Mrs Franco said.

While Sharnie has been successful winning a pee wee herdsman award and pee wee junior judging, it was more about just getting the chance to get in the ring.

"They get a chance to get out there and get hands-on, it's just great," Mrs Franco said. "You've got children from the ages of 7 to 25 and the older group look after the young group so well, they are such a lovely bunch of kids.

"The Charolais society and committee are just fabulous they include everybody, it's a really great atmosphere."

Nathan Hanson, Dubbo, will be attending the stampede for his third year this year.

He got his taste for agriculture through school where he led cattle at Sydney Royal, Royal Canberra and the Ekka in Brisbane.

"I attend the stampede because of the opportunity that it brings to meet members of the Charolais industry as well as the chance to develop skills that are vital to the future of ag," he said.

"The most enjoyable thing is that it gives the youth an opportunity to help develop skills in public speaking, identification of injury and well being of animals, team building skills and marketing strategies."

At a dinner on Friday night, July 5, Mr Rex said the International Youth Ambassador would be announced.

Olivia Franco, 8, Tamworth, is joining her sister at the event. It will be her second time taking part in a Charolais Youth Stampede.

Olivia Franco, 8, Tamworth, is joining her sister at the event. It will be her second time taking part in a Charolais Youth Stampede.

The winner would take part in the International Charolais Youth Exchange, heading off to Canada about a week after the Dubbo event.

"It's a really good chance to let the youth have an opportunity that they may not have otherwise," Mr Rex said.

"It's aimed at getting our younger leaders in the industry networking across the international Charolais community."

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