Lock­yer team on high

Stu­dents hit mark with stud cat­tle

Gatton Star - - NEWS - —Ali Kuchel

WIN­NING grand cham­pion Aus­tralian Low­line fe­male at the Ekka was the cul­mi­na­tion of months of hard work from Lock­yer District High School stu­dents.

The team of four stu­dents, their co-or­di­na­tor and five head of cat­tle spent months pre­par­ing for the Ekka, which in­cluded at­tend­ing many ag shows.

Led by Kaine Pieper, it was al­most-three-year-old Loc-hi Lib­erty and her calf Pan­dora who took out first place in the se­nior cham­pion fe­male Aus­tralian low­line.

The com­bi­na­tion went on to se­cure grand cham­pion Aus­tralian low­line.

Cat­tle show team co-or­di­na­tor Judy Schultz said the vic­tory tied to­gether years of ge­net­ics, ded­i­ca­tion from the stu­dents, and school.

“The kids have been plac­ing all year with these four an­i­mals, and to take it out at the Ekka was the fi­nale we needed,” Ms Schultz said.

Year 12 stu­dent Han­nah Geld­macher was awarded first place with bull Loc-hi Nor­man in his class, as well as ju­nior cham­pion bull.

Fel­low Year 12 stu­dent Natalie Hug­gins claimed third place with Loc-hi Morocco, while Year 9 Yas­min Car­ley picked up a sec­ond place and re­serve ju­nior cham­pion heifer with Loc-hi Modesty. The team also won the herds­man award, which was judged on the stu­dent’s and cat­tle’s ap­pear­ance, pub­lic in­ter­ac­tion, and at­ten­dance across eight days from open to close at the show.

“Com­ing from a school stud, there were a lot more big­ger studs than us (there), it was pretty cool win­ning the herds­man award,” Natalie said.

The school also com­peted in the Youth District Dis­play com­pe­ti­tion, cre­at­ing a 3.5 me­tre mas­ter­piece us­ing fresh fruit and veg­eta­bles from the Lock­yer Val­ley. Fit­ted with a Nolan’s Trans­port Truck model, the theme was “the salad bowl”.

The team of four stu­dents claimed third place with only 2.5 points sep­a­rat­ing them, with Dalby State High School in sec­ond place.

Ms Schultz said there were a num­ber of peo­ple who ap­proached the school dur­ing the sec­ond week of the Ekka and said the dis­play made them feel as if they were home in the Lock­yer Val­ley.

PHOTO: CON­TRIBUTED

SUC­CESS: Kaine Pieper, Yas­min Car­ley, Natalie Hug­gins, Han­nah Geld­macher with teach­ers (back row) Judy Schultz and Mark Jack­witz at the Ekka.

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