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Charleville Shines at Bundaberg Cattle Show


Charleville Shines at Bundaberg Cattle Show

Ag Students were thrown in the deep end when they were asked if they wanted to attend a Cattle Show, preparing and leading cattle at the Bundaberg Show this Term. Students were literally told on the bus what to expect and what was expected of them. New Workplace Health and Safety laws prevented our students from leading Bos Indicus breeds (Brahman etc.) as it was a pre-requisite they had previous experience in the show ring on controlling these animals. It did not dampen their enthusiasm as the first instruction after an 11-hour bus trip was out of bed at six, put on old clothes and straight to the cattle stalls, present to the exhibitor and start preparing cattle for showing. Breakfast came later.

Meet and Greet

The evening before saw students mingling with the Stud Owners at the Cattleman’s Dinner and were able to ask many questions on how to prepare and lead the cattle. The nose ring is a requirement in controlling the animal and students soon learnt which lead to tug on to move the animal in the right direction. Cattle preparation includes, removing cattle from a dirty stall, washing and blow drying, brushing and grooming and taking the cattle to the watering points. While this was happening other students saw to raking out the cattle beds and putting a whole new lot of sawdust bedding down which had to be laid perfectly with no lumps or bumps. Throughout the day the Stud Owner matched animal to student and students were allowed to work to their confidence level when handling the animals and leading them in the ring.
The day worked through the program of different classes of cattle and different breeds. Students were busy from 8.30am to 3.30 pm with flexible meal and rest breaks when their class of cattle was not being shown. Students then walked cattle in the Grand Parade at the end of the Show Day in the main arena.  
Cattle Judging
From 3.30 to 4.30pm students entered the Junior Handlers Competition and the Junior Judges Competition.  This was the largest group of students the Show had seen and some age groups were broken into two classes. Other Schools attending the Show were Hervey Bay High, Isis High, Bundaberg Christian College just to name a few. Our students were extremely nervous and not wanting to participate but with some gentle coaxing they were glad they did. It is a big congratulation to all of our students participating and to three of our students making it into the finals of the Cattle Judging Competition – Olivia Burke, Savannah Brayley and Hayley Molkentien. The students matched the Judges opinion on the cattle being judged (large breeds) and Hayley Molkentien was the closest and came third overall in a 40 plus student line up of entrants. Well done Hayley!
Compliments started coming early on Wednesday evening on the politeness and good manners of our students. It was commented on how conversant they were in speaking to Stud Owners and the good manners they displayed throughout the camp. One Stud owner came back to the bus just before leaving and thanked them once again as did three other representatives and said they ‘hoped to see the students again next year’. We can all be very proud of the hard work and excellent behaviour every student displayed.