KPCA Livestock Handling Challenge

Cowaramup Agencies (with Southern Wire and Zoetis) sponsored the recent Kimberley Pilbara Cattlemen’s Association Livestock Handling Cup 2021 at Sandfire Roadhouse. It was a huge success, with fourteen teams competing in the fifth Cup to showcase best practice animal welfare management and low stress stockmanship. Teams participated in practical and theory components.


?1st place team – Jinacarlie Gems from Yarrie Station

?2nd place team – The Coongan Country from Yarrie Station

?3rd place team – Rose from Roebuck Plains Station

?Equal 4th place team – Highly Commended – MKR from Gunbalanya Station in West Arnhemland, NT

?Equal 4th place team – Encouragement Award – Ace of Spades from Kalyeeda Station

?5th place team – Kachana Innovation Award for Animal Welfare – Brangus Cow and Bulls from Sandfire Roadhouse

Day One featured sponsor presentations and a walk through for competitors by judges Peter Camp (inaugural KPCA Chair from Kalyeeda Station), Anne Coppin (from Yarrie Station) and Jacob Dunn (from Myroodah Station). Theory judges were David Stoate (KPCA Chair from Anna Plains Station) and Emma White (former KPCA CEO and current Strategic Advisor).

Anna Plains made a donation to the School of the Air for taking a parcel of Urea blocks donated by Ken Norton from Sandfire.

Day Two was when the action played out, with some outstanding cattle handling on show for all to see over the day’s competition. New KPCA CEO Mick Sheehy was introduced, the winners’ sashed and the party began.
The KPCA Livestock Handling Cup is a unique event conceived by KPCA Executive Committee member Annabelle Coppin, from Yarrie Station in the East Pilbara, in collaboration with low stress stock handling expert Boyd Holden. The inaugural Pilbara Livestock Handling Cup was held at Yarrie Station in 2016 (won by Mardie Station) and again in 2017 (won by Mandora Station). Further interstate and even overseas team participation from Indonesia and Vietnam is slated for future years.

Congratulations to everyone on this truly excellent event.