Teenager aims to establish Santa Gertrudis stud after back-to-back heifer wins at national cattle camp | Ralph-Lauren

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Georgia Perkins has amassed plenty of ribbons over years of parading, judging, and showing beef cattle, and she has now won enough animals to start her own stud.

The 17-year-old from Corndale in northern New South Wales brought home a heifer, among the usual swag of prizes, from this year’s Santa Gertrudis National Youth Camp at Warwick in Queensland.

The 18-month-old heifer, this year donated by the Nioa Santa Gertrudis Stud at nearby Allora, was awarded to the participant who had accumulated the most points across the four-day camp.

“I was fortunate enough to win the grand champion overall judge from about 102 participants overall, so I was really quite happy,” she said.

“I got fourth in a commercial judging and second in paraders so I was fortunate to have the highest points score. I won that by six points and that led me to win the overall herdsperson.”

The heifer, Nioa Helena Q44, is out of the bull Wave Hill Jager J14 which the breeders paid $67,500 for in 2015 after it claimed grand champion bull for the breed at the Ekka in Brisbane.

“She’s been running with a bull for three months so hopefully she’s in calf and we’ll see how we go with her.”

Georgia Perkins displays her medallion and ribbons next to her winning heifer.
Georgia Perkins displays the ribbons, medallion, and heifer she won at the Santa Gertrudis National Youth Camp in Queensland.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

Second time lucky, rules out trifecta

It is a back-to-back win for Ms Perkins who also claimed the champion herdsperson title and heifer, then donated by the Dunlop Santa Gertrudis Stud at Proston, in 2019.

The camp was not held last year due to a risk of paralysis ticks in the area and it could have faced a similar fate this year, but organisers pushed ahead with a COVID-19-compliant event.

“It was a bit tough with the COVID restrictions, just in the way you do things. It was different, but I think they did an exceptional job in how they ran things,” she said.

It was only Ms Perkins’ second time attending the camp and she felt pleased and privileged to have taken out the double heifer win.

“I’m hoping to start a stud and hopefully breed some really nice females. Then hopefully later down the track I’ll start breeding Santa Herefords and go into that commercial side of things,” she said.

Georgia Perkins sitting in a grassy paddock up close to Santa Gertrudis heifer.
An inquisitive Nioa Helena Q44 gets up close to new owner Georgia Perkins on the family property at Corndale.(ABC Rural: Kim Honan)

While Ms Perkins could be eligible to participate in next year’s camp — it’s open for seven to 18-year-olds — she has decided to return as a group leader.

“I love watching the kids from the first day to the last day, just to see how much more confidence they’ve built over the four-day camp,” she said.

“It’s been amazing, I really recommend it for other kids, it’s one of the best put together camps and I really, really enjoy it.”

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