Cattle Club competitors impress at Hoof and Hook
MONTO’S young cattlemen and women proved to be a cut above the rest at this year’s Hoof and Hook Competition in Gympie.
Following a successful stint on the show circuit, 10 members of the Monto State High School Cattle Club returned to the annual event after a decade-long hiatus.
Anna Phillips (Year 9) and Emily Zumbansen (Year 8) did their town proud by taking first place in their age groups, proving Monto is still a force to be reckoned with in the beef industry.
The competition has been running for almost 30 years solely for students of schools in the Wide Bay region.
Students competed in parader and young judges competitions across several classes, from stud through to feedlot-entry cattle, which were assessed both on the hoof and the hook.
Monto State High School agriculture teacher Toby Worley said the competition was structured to accommodate students of all experience levels.
“At other shows on the circuit, the students are split up in ages rather than experience level so it was great to see that less experienced students in their first year of showing had as much of a chance to take home a ribbon as those who have years of experience,” Mr Worley said.
“It allows us to compete against each other and not have to go up against other producers who have access to large amounts of feed and some of the best cattle.
“Our two school steers, which were simmental crosses, narrowly missed out on a ribbon in their respective classes on hoof but we were successful on the hook, picking up sixth place.
“Students also excelled in their individual classes of parading and judging, with Anna Phillips taking out the title of Reserve Champion Parader.”
The competition was a rewarding experience for all and students also participated in workshop activities where they learned about animal health, grooming and halter making from industry experts.
Mr Worley said the fantastic results were a testament to the support of the Monto community.
“Without this tremendous support, we would not be able to travel around to compete in these events that give our students so many opportunities to achieve such great results,” Mr Worley said.
WELL REPRESENTED: Monto State High School Cattle Club’s Riley Thomsen, Kirralee Streeter, Cody Dent, Sophie McLaughlan, teacher Toby Worley, Savannah Goody, Teagan Thomsen, Anna Phillips, Emily Zumbansen, Connor McLaughlan and Claire Goody with the two school steers, Barney and Boonah.