The first ever Brangus Youth Camp has been hailed a success, drawing eager young cattlemen and women from across the country for three days of industry learning.
About 50 young participants from locations as far afield as Springsure, Melbourne and Casino, NSW turned out to Biloela for the event, which ran from Tuesday to Thursday last week.
Participants ranged from age five to 21, with some having little showing experience prior to the camp.
Organising committee chairman Brad Hanson described the inaugural event as "absolutely amazing" with a great turn-out in tough times.
"We had been talking doing something like this for two or three years and we decided that this year would be the year to do it," he said.
"We've had some really positive feedback.
"It'll be happening yearly and we've already had people book in for next year who couldn't make it this year because of the drought."
Mr Hanson said there was strong support from the Brangus community with many studs volunteering their time to make the event a success.
The event provided a chance for the young participants to hone their skills in practical, technical and education sessions in areas including parading, animal structure, show box and shed preparation, rope tying tricks, grooming, handling, nutrition, Breedplan and tag management systems.
The event also provided a chance for the youngsters to compete in prime and stud cattle sections, parading, judging and a led steers competition.
Hayden Hanson was named both overall herdsman and overall stud junior judge while Henry Sinnamon won the accolade for overall junior parader.
The grand champion led steer was Bushlands Vicious, led by Demi Van Itallie.
Tessa Pearson from the Australian Brangus Cattle Association office attended and held workshops on DNA and sample collection.
ABCA board members Amanda Salisbury and Megan Hansen also attended and congratulated all involved in the organisation and success of the event.