Ch­ester moo-ver and shaker

The Cobram Courier - - COBRAM SHOW 2017 - By Stephanie Hor­ton

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.

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