Young cattle competitors learning care and compassion
STUDENTS across the South Burnett are readying their cattle for the Blackbutt Show on Saturday, May 18.
Cattle section chief steward Glen Argent said he always enjoyed bringing more youth into the cattle industry through the school-focused led steer competition.
He said these competitions were more to the students than a simple challenge.
"It's getting our youth involved in the cattle industry and is teaching them how to feed cattle to get them up to the standard that they're supposed to be at shows,” Mr Argent said.
"The students then go on to witnessing how they grow cattle and are aware of how they get into the markets and butchers.”
The Blackbutt Show will feature its first inter-school led steer competition this year.
Mr Argent said students became very motivated while preparing to participate in show events.
"A lot of the times students might not be selling their school work, but when they get out in the garden and grow vegetables or look after chickens and cattle, you can sell them,” he said.
"You can change the attitude of young people by getting them those jobs, and it also breaks down the boredom of the classroom atmosphere.”
The chief steward said students didn't realise they were learning important core knowledge, including science and maths, while also learning compassion when studying agriculture.
As well as the inter-school competition, Mr Argent said there would also be another cattle competition for young people at the show.
"After the stud section, right before the led steers at the Blackbutt Show, we have a peewee competition, which is little juniors under 10 years old, leading around their little poddies,” he said.
"It's very popular amongst the mums and dads with their stud cattle. They lead their calves around, and all they get a ribbon and prizemoney. No one misses out.”