His expertise as a clipper has helped a Taranaki breeder take a young handler's title judged over five A & P shows in Taranaki and Manawatu.
Dwayne Taylor won the 2012-13 Western District Council Young Handler Competition, which was judged at the Egmont, Stratford, Taranaki, Feilding and Horowhenua A & P shows.
At each show, competitors had 20 minutes to show two dairy cattle - one they knew and one they didn't - to four judges.
They were judged on their interaction with the cattle, their skill at handling the animals and the way they presented the animals.
Up to 15 competed in each show.
Taylor, a 19-year-old apprentice engineer, has entered the competition five times since he was 12, and this is his second win.
He said he learned a lot about clipping and presentation at the 2011 National All Dairy Breeds Youth Camp in Australia, where he was sponsored by the New Zealand Holstein Friesian Association.
Since then, he has carved a niche as a clipper, clipping cattle for exhibitors in Wairarapa, Waikato, Taranaki and Manawatu.
Preparing an animal for showing takes about 1 1/2 hours.
The young Tikorangi breeder registered his Rangi holstein friesian stud six years ago and has 12 in-milk cows and calves in the herd of his parents' Muritai stud.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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