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Maleny High takes
gold at Ekka

by Elise Martin

Maleny State High School’s cattle took two first places at the Brisbane Exhibition this year. The school’s 24- month-old bull Xavier took the Cattle Champion South Devon Bull title and 32-month-old cow Westina won the Champion South Devon Cow or Heffer.

Year Ten Agricultural students joined their teacher Stephen Crane at the Ekka and came home very proud. “Earlier this year we decided we has animals of a very high quality and so we nominated to compete,” Mr Crane said.

Mr Crane said Maleny State High School was one a first schools who bred their own stud cattle on site. Year Ten student Taran Mellors said he was proud of the win. “(I am) proud. And relieved that it is all over and we have done it,” he said.

Year Ten student Kelly-Ann Kay said the cows were judged on the confirmation of their build, their stance, confirmation of their udder, how long they are in calf and the size of their eye muscle. Mr Crane said the bulls were judged mainly on their stance and their ability to do their job.

The students said they looked forward to competing again next year after a busy schedule showing the cattle at Maleny, Woodford and Toogoolawah shows, Farm Fest and Farm Fantastic this year.

The students said they were grateful for the help of their Agricultural Assistant Colin Thompson and for their sponsorship from Woodlands, Dairy Farmers, Graham Brown A1 Fitting Service in Woodford and Wild’s.


Maleny High School student Dylan Carny
shows Xavier the prizewinning bull.

Our thanks once again to Cameron & Tanya Outridge
of the Range News Newspaper for this story.