Youth lead the way for the Urana-based stud Tondara Herefords at the Sydney Royal Easter Show and onto the world stage with the Miss Asia awards.
The stud won both senior and junior champion female, grand champion female, best exhibit and most successful Hereford exhibitor.
“Last year we also won supreme champion exhibit to win it again this year was completely unexpected and exciting,” Sophie Holt said.
This win has qualified the grand champion female cow for the Hereford Miss Asia Award.
Later this year the cow will be judged against cows from New Zealand and South Africa.
If they are successful they will move onto the Hereford Miss America awards.
Last year the stud won Miss Asia with a cow they purchased, but they hope to win this year with the home bred cow.
In the lead-up to and during the show Sophie’s 9-year-old son and 15-year-old god-daughter took the lead.
Thomas Holt and Jordan Alexander select the cattle they want to show and spend six months preparing them for the show.
“They feed them, break them in and get them used to what happens at the show,” Mrs Holt said.
“They are very proud and enthusiastic. It’s a great atmosphere to grow up in and be part of.
“They work very hard and do so well to get the cows looking so good.”
The Tondara Hereford stud is based in Urana and has been operating for more than 50 years.
At just 9-years-old, Thomas is the owner of the stud after his father passed it onto him.
Thomas normally exhibits at all shows and royals but couldn’t at Sydney due to age restrictions.