Livestock

Feeling positive about Ekka

FOR SALE: WSHS Year 10 student Amy Mehrgan with Andy, the school’s young droughtmaster bull.
FOR SALE: WSHS Year 10 student Amy Mehrgan with Andy, the school’s young droughtmaster bull. Contributed

IF SUCCESS at a regional show could be considered an effective warm-up for the Ekka then Warwick High is well prepared for the state competition.

The WSHS sheep and cattle team brought home a swag of coveted broad ribbons from the Gatton Show recently.

At the top of their lists of wins was the champion ewe and champion ram titles, as well as the interbreed reserve champion sheep breed overall.

In the cattle section the school droughtmaster stud had the enviable honour of winning the champion senior cow title, as well as the reserve senior champion bull.

In addition, Year 10 student Tristan Rickert won the senior cattle judging competition, a fine effort for his first attempt in the main ring.

Amy Mehrgan, James King, Thomas Murphy and Tristan Rickert all made it into the finals of the cattle junior judging.

Agriculture teacher Amanda Cox said she hoped the school success at Gatton had a flow-on effect when the students headed off to the Ekka in a fortnight.

She said the team would spend the next week fine-tuning their entries in the cattle, sheep and goats classes for the Brisbane Exhibition.

"We are really hoping their success continues," Ms Cox said.

High on the list of hopefuls will be the school's successful droughtmaster bull Andy, which will be offered for sale after his venture into the arena at the Ekka.

Topics:  education, ekka, gatton high school, gatton show


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