Cattle kids bound for Ekka

STUDENTS will don the Warwick State High School uniform at the Brisbane Ekka on Saturday after an emergency meeting but the future cattle program at the school remains shaky.

About 15 WSHS students, parents and staff attended Tuesday night’s meeting to discuss the future role of cattle at the school’s agricultural science program.

Last week the Daily News reported the unknown future of the program as the school issued Cooper Downs 14 days to remove cattle from the school, one day before students were to compete in Brisbane.

Brisbane Ekka beef and cattle committee chairman Philip Harpham said he was “glad to hear” WSHS students would compete in the ring this year.

“I spoke to the WSHS principal yesterday and there’s a team representing the school at the show,” Mr Harpham said. Mr Harpham said he had been involved with the RNA Showgrounds for nine years and chairman for one year and enjoyed watching the Warwick students lead their beasts around the ring.

“They’re a real credit to their school and they’re back in the competition where they belong,” he said.

Education Queensland Darling Downs and South West regional director Greg Dickman would not comment whether the Banana-based Cooper Downs – which supplied cattle to the school for almost seven years – would allow students to show the beasts for the rest of the year.

“Issues around the Agricultural Program at WSHS are being dealt with at a local level,” Mr Dickman said. “(Tuesday) night’s meeting provided an opportunity for the school and community to discuss any issues of concern and Education Queensland supports that process.”



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