Cat­tle Club com­peti­tors im­press at Hoof and Hook

South Burnett Times - - LIFE -

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.

PHOTO: MONTO STATE HIGH SCHOOL

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.

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