TWO young sisters took a liking to showing cattle a few years ago and have not looked back since.
Myponga siblings Jazmine and Charlotte Whittlesea hit the cattle showring a few years ago parading other studs cattle but this year, entered the ring with their own heifers.
Last year, they started Charlomine Simmentals to help increase their parading presence on the show circuit.
"We wanted to show more cattle but we did not have any stud animals, so we thought it was the right time to give it a go and start our own stud," Jazmine said.
They broke in four heifers to show for the first time in the Simmental judging at the Royal Adelaide Show and came home with three class placings, a first, third and fourth.
"We were really proud to be showing in Adelaide and next year, we will be more used to showing our own animals," Jazmine said.
Jazmine's first ever experience in showing cattle was at the SA Junior Heifer Expo a few years ago and since then, she returns each year to compete.
"I really enjoy the heifer show," she said.
Charlotte learned the ropes of showing cattle from her sister and was lucky enough to be a part of a school show at Myponga when the Adelaide show was cancelled.
"I became interested in showing through my sister and then I was asked to be a novice handler at my school for a small show and I really liked it," Charlotte said.
"I have attended a couple of SA Heifer Expos and it really grew from there."
Charlotte also said it was a "bit stressful" showing their own cattle.
"There was a bull ahead of me which got off its lead just before I had to lead my heifer in - I was not expecting it and I was trying to get into the ring in time for my class," she said.
Moving forward, there are no major plans to increase the stud size in the short term. "We want to keep it smaller but we would like to eventually sell some bulls," Charlotte said.