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Ekka Highlights

22/08/2014

Jade Thompson leading Stanhigh Jasper to first place in the Limousin bull 12 -14 months.

Nathan Hurtz, Agriculture Teacher, SSHS

The air is still and smells of sawdust and cattle, the sun is yet to rise above the horizon, the morning is crisp and cool, and you can hear the sounds of trains and traffic. Outside the cattle pens at the Brisbane Ekka show grounds the Stanthorpe High School Show Team is moving into action. After an active year of preparing and showing their charges they go about their tasks as a capable co-operative group, each knowing the jobs to be done and working well together. The teachers have stepped back and the students now carry out the preparation. The cattle are fed, the stalls are cleaned, the equipment is all neat and tidy. Now the cattle are being cleaned and groomed.  The days ahead are the culmination of the work they have put in and the shows they have attended.

In the first day of competition, all students paraded their cattle well in the school parader’s competition. Zac Cameron was skillful enough to be selected in the final of the 14-15 year old class. He paraded well but came up short of a ribbon. A great effort Zac! The second day of competition saw all students participate in the Junior Judging section where they assessed a group of 4 steers, and then a group of 4 heifers on their muscling and fat cover to suit the supermarket trade. Zac Cameron was again successful with his good eye for cattle and was selected to speak about the class of steers, which gave him a ribbon and 7th place. Again, well done Zac. This marked the end of the schools competition, although our students worked on into the latter part of the week, showing steers in the open classes and stud cattle in the Limousin section.

The highlight for them was leading Stanhigh Jasper, a 13 month old, 626kg stud Limousin bull to first place in the Limousin bull 12 – 14 months class. Also, in this same class, Stanhigh Jackobull placed third. So the Ekka rounded out a successful year but our success is not measured in ribbons won but rather in the increasing numbers of enthusiastic students giving up their own time to learn new skills and be part of a team. It is measured in students growing in confidence, learning to speak in public and doing their part to make the team function smoothly. Our success at the Ekka was very much success for the team and all Show Team students contributed to that success.

Our thanks as a show team are due to many people, to the many parents who took time to transport and camp with the students, to our principal Mr Peter Grant which was on leave from school, but was actually working hard alongside and teaching our students at the ekka. To Mr Warren Franklin our HOD of Agriculture for his leadership and his confidence in Mr Hurtz, to The Downfall Limousin Stud for transporting our cattle for free, to Mrs Pauline Grant for the hard work and dedication that she puts into our students at the ekka, to our Agriculture assistants Mr Lancuba and Mr Hardy for their work and to all the other people who have assisted us in this worthwhile activity for our students.