Lockyer team on high
Students hit mark with stud cattle
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.
SUCCESS: Kaine Pieper, Yasmin Carley, Natalie Huggins, Hannah Geldmacher with teachers (back row) Judy Schultz and Mark Jackwitz at the Ekka.