First-time Expo entrant Matilda Zohs, Crystal Brook, was excited about following in the footsteps of her mother Kim Zohs who was the senior champion herdsperson at 2001's event.
"Mum used to go to the heifer show and she won it one year- I want to be just like her when I grow up," Matilda said.
The nine year old- who was one of the youngest competitors- paraded a Speckle Park-Murray Grey heifer, Ray's Spot.
She proudly won the first of the six commercial classes during judging on Wednesday last week.
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Spot was bought from the Zohses' neighbour as part of a cow-calf unit late last year and in April she was weaned and put on some grain.
Matilda has spent the last few months building a bond with Spot and halter training her.
She says it is important to be calm and confident around cattle.
"They know what you are feeling, so if you are anxious they will feel it too but I am calm so my heifer is calm too," she said.
Kim says she is really pleased her daughter has had a chance to experience the Expo too.
"I loved it so much as a kid, it is such a great environment for kids to become independent, sometimes it is not about showing cattle but the other skills they learn around it," she said.
"I hope that she does want to keep doing it so we can bring a few more along."
Kim attended the Heifer Expo for seven years- first starting when she was in Year 8 at school.
She says winning the major prize, a three-month study tour to North America, two decades ago gave her many opportunities and really shaped her career.
"I saw Speckle Parks for the first time when I was in Canada and worked with a Speckle Park show team over there, I never thought at the time you would be able to get them in Australia and that they would become a commercial breed over here, but they definitely have a fit," she said.
Kim and her husband Jason have even started up their own Speckle Park venture.
They implanted some stud embryos into a few commercial cows last year and have two bulls and a heifer so far.
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