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