Chester moo-ver and shaker
For someone aged 19, Alexander Chester has succeeded in a range of cattle activities.
This year, he steps up to being the cattle steward at this year’s Cobram Show.
Mr Chester has worked with cattle all his life.
He has been successful at a regional estate and at the national level exhibiting and parading cattle.
He has also competed and represented Cobram at the Melbourne Show and won there. He then went on to represent Victoria on the national stage.
Returning to the Cobram Show, he said he had not had beef cattle there for a long time.
Rather he tends to show his cattle at other shows and puts the some 60 head of cattle into the classes that are required.
Mr Chester reflected upon how he got himself to the national stage.
‘‘What happens is you go to a show like Cobram and if you win there, you go onto state, which is held in Melbourne,’’ he said.
‘‘I did that the year before last (2015) and I won there, so that means the next year after you go to nationals, which in my year, was held in Launceston, Tasmania.’’
Mr Chester said the junior competition was for thsose aged 15 to 25.
But he said the issue each year was getting judges and exhibitors to compete, and gaining sponsors for the event.
‘‘This year we based our show on two schools, St Mary’s and Finley High School,’’ he said.
‘‘We do everything in our power to get them to come, and hold on to them for many years to come.
‘‘They bring a lot of young kids and with me being young myself, I came up through the ranks.
‘‘I also had to push myself to make it easier for the next group of kids to come through.
‘‘I’ve been talking to a few people and they say the future for agriculture is bright, so if we keep pushing these young kids and supporting them, it makes their journey good for all of us.
‘‘If we put a bit in, we get a lot back.’’
The schools have a personal connection for Mr Chester, who is a St Mary’s alumni and he would compete against Finley a lot.
The Cobram Show is on Saturday and Sunday, October 28 and 29 at the Cobram Showgrounds.
Following his passion: whole life. Alex Chester, 19, has worked with cattle his
Hoping to be back with a bang: cattle there in recent years. Alex Chester is returning to the Cobram Show after not showing beef
Pride of Cobram: Alex Chester has represented Victoria on the national stage showing cattle.