STUDS HEADED TO EKKA

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HARD work, ded­i­ca­tion and a pas­sion for cat­tle have led 17-year-old Cal­lum McNi­chol to com­pete in his fourth Ekka in a row.

He leaves for Royal Show on Satur­day where he will show his two li­mousin heifers Oak­vale Mia and A.T. Mag­gie in the stud con­test next Fri­day.

Af­ter plac­ing third in his ring last year, Cal­lum is hop­ing to come home with a win this year.

Lead­ing up to the event has meant early morn­ings feed­ing and wash­ing the heifers to pre­pare them for the show.

His mum, Glenda McNi­chol, said through­out the year he had com­peted in sev­eral re­gional shows.

“We’ve just been to the Texas show where he got a grand cham­pion for one of the heifers he’s tak­ing to the Ekka,” she said.

“You’ve also to get the cat­tle used to be­ing out with peo­ple and other beasts in the ring.

“That’s why he takes them to all the re­gional shows in the lead up to the Ekka, it calms the beast down.”

De­spite com­pet­ing at the Ekka since he was 13 years old, be­ing cen­tre stage in front of hun­dreds of peo­ple still makes Cal­lum ner­vous.

“I just don’t look,” he said.

“Every­one gets all dressed up and they have dif­fer­ent ring events with dif­fer­ent breeds of cat­tle,” Mrs McNi­chol added.

“There’s quite a large amount of spec­ta­tors.”

Cal­lum first got a taste for show­ing cat­tle at a youth camp in Stan­thorpe.

❝ You’ve also to get the cat­tle used to be­ing out with peo­ple and other beasts in the ring.

— Glenda McNi­chol

From there he watched the Wil­liamson fam­ily com­pete at re­gional shows and even­tu­ally bought his first heifers from them.

The Year 11 Stan­thorpe State High stu­dent now jug­gles school, work, com­pet­ing in shows and a trainee­ship with Glenisa Angus.

Look­ing for­ward, Cal­lum wants to keep com­pet­ing in shows and is work­ing to breed his own stud.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

STUD: Cal­lum McNi­chol with his heifer Oak­vale Mia which he will show at the Ekka next week.

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