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Students put final touches on cattle for Queensland Beef Expo

CATTLE ARENA: Downlands students Emma Thomson (left) and Claire Buchanan with lowline cattle Kewpie and Krypton in their new cattle area, sponsored by Elders, joined by Elders farm supplies manager Craig Ward, farm supplies sales rep Maddy Humphrey and livestock manager Darren Hartwig.
CATTLE ARENA: Downlands students Emma Thomson (left) and Claire Buchanan with lowline cattle Kewpie and Krypton in their new cattle area, sponsored by Elders, joined by Elders farm supplies manager Craig Ward, farm supplies sales rep Maddy Humphrey and livestock manager Darren Hartwig. Amy Lyne

STUDENTS across the Darling Downs and preparing their cattle for next week's Queensland Beef Expo in Toowoomba.

Downlands College is one of the schools who are putting the finishing touches on their nine-head team.

Their preparation has been boosted by sponsorship from Elders from an extension of their livestock arena, worth just over $3000.

Elders farm supplies sales manager Craig Ward said the sponsorship was both increasing the Elders profile in the community and helping out local kids.

"Downlands College has got a lot of history in Toowoomba, a lot of farming families send their kids into school here so by supporting the kids we are supporting a lot of our farmer clients,” he said.

Other schools involved in the led steer school competition this year included Pittsworth State High School, Oakey State High School, Wilsonton Ag Field Study Centre, Dalby State High School, Crows Nest State School and Scots PCG College.

Committee member Elders' Darren Hartwig said the schools competition would take place on Tuesday and Wednesday next week.

There will competition in junior judging and steer and heifer judging before the cattle are auctioned off and then killed at Maclagan and judged on a hook competition using MSA grading.

"The idea is to get all the school kids involved and get someone experienced to come in and teach them the dos and don'ts of showing cattle,” Mr Hartwig said.

"We always try and get a local butcher to do the judging and they are rally good and teach the kids where the premium cuts are and what they are looking for.”

Mr Hartwig said by teaching them these skills it could prepare them for a career in the industry.

The student that wins junior judging, who is over 15-year-old and from a school with a lowline stud, even wins a trip to New Zealand to compete in the junior judging competition at the Canterbury Show, sponsored by the Southern Queensland Lowline Promotional Group.

The Queensland Beef Expo will be held from Thursday to Saturday, Spetember 1-3 at the Toowoomba Showgrounds.

For more information go to beefexpo.com.au.

Topics:  toowoomba


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