Cat­tle Club kids off to the Ekka

Central and North Burnett Times - - LIFE RURAL -

IT’S a big week ahead for mem­bers of the Monto State High School Cat­tle Club, who made the trip to the Bris­bane Ekka to com­pete in cat­tle events.

A to­tal of 11 stu­dents from the high school jour­neyed to Bris­bane on Sun­day to get ready for the steer weigh­ing and wash­ing on Mon­day.

Many of these stu­dents had won place­ments in pre­vi­ous shows since this year’s Cat­tle Club started back around March.

The school com­pe­ti­tions started in full on Tues­day with pa­raders, young judg­ing and school steer judg­ing.

The high school pur­chased cat­tle to run in the show from lo­cal farm­ers around the area.

Two came from

Ron Goody, the other two came from Gir­lie Goody.

Agri­cul­ture teacher Toby Wor­ley said af­ter a string of good re­sults at re­gional shows, the kids were ready for it.

“They had some good re­sults at Ju­nior Beef at Rocky show, which was the last one,” Mr Wor­ley said.

“We’ve only got a small group but we should be able to com­pete against some of those big­ger schools from Bris­bane and Toowoomba.”

Mr Wor­ley said the cat­tle were in good con­di­tion, though he would’ve liked one to have been fin­ished a bit more.

“He’ll be com­pet­i­tive down there, if he’d just had 30 more days on grain, he’d be un­stop­pable.”

For the kids head­ing out, the Ekka show is the big event they’ve been work­ing to­ward through­out the year.

Some, like Bryce Bald­win, were pretty ca­sual about it.

“I’m just look­ing for­ward to get­ting out there, com­pet­ing in all the events,” Bryce said.

Oth­ers, like Willis By­grave, were keen to show what they’d learned to the crowd.

“I reckon lead­ing in front of ev­ery­one will be pretty fun,” Willis said.

The stu­dents will be par­tic­i­pat­ing at the Ekka events un­til Sun­day, Au­gust 13.


BIG TIME: Monto High School kids at the Ekka Show­grounds.

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