Bega Spring Calf Show lures big entries

More than 80 head of cattle featured in the Bega Spring Calf Show on the weekend.

Event spokesman Norm Pearce said it was a fantastic turnout over the weekend with numbers up on previous years.

He also praised local schools for taking part with about a dozen Sapphire Coast Anglican College pupils and nearly 20 Narooma High students parading calves on the day.

Pearce said four major breeds were represented with holsteins, jerseys, Illawarras and the combined select breeds - with eight separate age divisions running on Sunday.

"It's a really great turnout to have 84 head of cattle on show," Pearce said.

"The Russell family are new entrants and they've got some strong entries, while it's great to see kids from SCAC and Narooma High showing in force."

Pearce said the youngsters had enjoyed some frivolity on Saturday with dress-ups, tug-of-war and other fun events on Saturday with the competitive side of things on Sunday morning.

Judge for the day, Callum McFee travelled more than seven hours from the Riverina, but said he was impressed with the quality of the show and entries.

"A lot of the youth events down home don't get this kind of showing and it's good to have all breeds featured," Mr McFee said.

"I think it's a great turnout and it's been a really enjoyable day and I think the spectators have enjoyed it as well."

A few cheeky heifers didn't quite want to co-operate with their handlers, but McFee said his judging was purely based on the quality of the animal.

He said there were three main areas he looked at to declare a winner in each class.

"Especially when you're talking about milking cows, they've got to have a nice spring to their ribs and a good mid section," he said.

"With the hills around Bega, you look for them to have good feet and legs so they can travel all day around the paddocks.

"And a nice length through their frame, head and neck is the three main features we look at."

McFee said with some closely contested fields, he then broke down the three areas to smaller sections to separate the competition.

"We then break it down to minority things, like having a nice wedge shape from their head to feet and a good stance.

"It's all about a good basic correctness and confirmation of being a strong-functioning milk cow."