Bur­nett’s newest Ru­ral Am­bas­sador

A strong line-up at Eidsvold com­pe­ti­tion

Central and North Burnett Times - - RURAL UPDATE -

THE Bur­nett’s new Ru­ral Am­bas­sador is the ul­ti­mate coun­try boy.

Tee­bar’s Ewan Rock­e­mer is equipped with a gi­ant grin and a pas­sion for all things ru­ral, mak­ing him the per­fect Ru­ral Am­bas­sador.

The 23-year-old has been in­volved with the Tee­bar Show his whole life and be­gan com­pet­ing in the han­dling and judg­ing stud cat­tle com­pe­ti­tions from the age of eight.

He has gone on to a be­hind-the-scenes role, and is the cur­rent Tee­bar Show and Sports As­so­ci­a­tion Inc vice pres­i­dent.

But Mr Rock­e­mer’s in­volve­ment with coun­try shows reached a new height when he was crowned the 2016 Bur­nett Ru­ral Am­bas­sador on July 2.

“I love the land and am very pas­sion­ate about ge­netic im­prove­ment and meet­ing mar­ket specs within our com­mer­cial and stud herds,” he said.

Mr Rock­e­mer holds qual­i­fi­ca­tions in agri­cul­ture and has been across Aus­tralia to see how prop­er­ties op­er­ate.

“I trav­elled and worked on many cat­tle sta­tions through­out Queens­land, North­ern Ter­ri­tory, and Western Aus­tralia, and now I have come home to take on the chal­lenge of con­stantly try­ing to im­prove and in­no­vate new farm­ing prac­tices on the fam­ily farm,” he said.

On top of head­ing to the Ekka for the state Ru­ral Am­bas­sador com­pe­ti­tion, Mr Rock­e­mer has an ex­cit­ing fu­ture planned.

“My am­bi­tion is to con­tinue the fam­ily legacy, im­prove and ex­pand, whilst stay­ing sus­tain­able and vi­able so that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions can suc­ceed,” he said.

“I also have a keen in­ter­est to con­tinue to show­case our an­i­mals at agri­cul­tural shows and field days in prime and stud cat­tle events. I have been on the land all my life, lived, breathed and worked cat­tle and horses as well as all other as­pects of coun­try life.”

To make the ex­pe­ri­ence even more spe­cial, Mr Rock­e­mer com­peted along­side his part­ner, Tee­bar Miss Show­girl Kyrah Dray­ton. The 2016 Bur­nett Ru­ral Am­bas­sador run­ner-up was Eidsvold’s own Toby Hamil­ton.

PHOTO: ANNIE PERETS

PAS­SION­ATE PRO­MOT­ERS: Pic­tured here are the judges and some of the Ru­ral Am­bas­sador con­tes­tants. Ewan Rock­e­mer is third from left.

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