GROUP EFFORT: Warwick State High School Ekka team Tristan Rickert, Hannah Holmes, Thomas Murphy, James King and Lachlan Beale and Amy Mehgran.
GROUP EFFORT: Warwick State High School Ekka team Tristan Rickert, Hannah Holmes, Thomas Murphy, James King and Lachlan Beale and Amy Mehgran.

Downs turns it on at the Ekka

SOUTHERN Downs locals have enjoyed success at the Brisbane Ekka during the past fortnight.

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Texel sheep

On Friday Warwick State High School took out the Champion Ewe and the Breeders Group for the Texel Breed in the School sheep competition at the Brisbane exhibition.

Scots College won the Champion ram in the Texel sheep and Woodenbong SHS took out the Interbreed Champion Sheep for 2012.

Goats

WSHS school captain Jacob Stevens placed first in Angora goat judging, while Year 11 students Karlie Macdonald and Michael Beddow were highly commended.

Cattle team

WSHS success continued in the cattle section with Lachlan Beale winning first place in the under-14 junior judging steer competition, while Hannah Holmes finished third in the under-14 stud cattle judging.

The Droughtmaster cattle went well, with Warwick State High School Andy receiving a third place in the senior bull class and the school's heifers placed second and third in their classes.

Stud success

ALLORA'S Kellie Smith and Stephen Hayward did well in Brisbane, winning the Reserve Junior Champion Angus bull with K5X Granite G7.

They also took home the Reserve Junior Champion Red Angus bull with Waterfront Flame who will be sold at Ag Show in Toowoomba.

The cattle they prepared and showed for other studs also excelled, winning the Interbreed Female with Raff Blackbird D349, Grand Champion Shor

thorn bull and female, Grand Champion Charbray Female and Junior Champion Charbray bull, Grand Champion Speckle Park bull and female.

Dog trials

STANTHORPE'S Gary Hurtz finished first and second in the coveted Brisbane RNA working dog trials, ahead of Clifton-based trialler Allan Thornton.

Mr Hurtz claimed first spot with Wolfes Snoopy on 194 points, ahead of his second dog Moriarty Smiley on 183.

Mr Thornton finished third with Wilcos Gretel with a tally of 181.

Wool

CLIFTON woolgrower Jan Lowing has taken home broad ribbon honours at this year's Brisbane Ekka.

The well-known Central Downs sheep producer won champion stud ewe fleece at the RNA.

The win comes after the same fine wool fleece took out reserve champion honours at the State Sheep Show in Blackall earlier year.

Beef

TENTERFIELD High School won the champion junior led steer on the hook with a Charolais cross steer.

Their steer tipped the scales at 432kg and dressed out with a 63.8% meat yield.

The reserve champion medium-weight steer was won by a Limousin cross steer entered by Georgie and Jack Griffiths from Warwick.



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