SAFE HANDS: Cattle club member Cody Dent represented his hometown at the show.
SAFE HANDS: Cattle club member Cody Dent represented his hometown at the show. Anita Dent

Burnett beef in safe hands

THE TIME honoured tradition of cattle club continues to set the bar high for the industry in the North Burnett.

Judge Beau Surawski has a keen eye for cattle and is no stranger to competition in the junior ranks.

Growing up on a Theodore property cattle have been his life.

Mr Surawski spent his youth showing cattle and more than 10 years working as a buyer, and was impressed by the quality of Burnett's stud and commercial stock.

If the performance of Monto State High School's cattle club is any indication, Mr Surawski said he has no doubt the future of the industry in the region is in safe hands.

"That was some of the best bunch of kids I have seen in a long time,” Mr Surawski said after the Monto Show.

"Monto has traditionally performed well and collectively their cattle club is very strong.

"With more experience the confidence will come and they will continue to improve.

"Toby (Worley) should be proud of the amount of knowledge they have.”

According to Mr Surawski, part of the value of school agriculture programs and the cattle club initiative is networking - rural shows providing a golden opportunity for students to make a good impression on future employers.

"People at the show with private studs will take notice of kids with potential,” Mr Surawski said.

"It can lead to them being picked up as a stud groom or into a job after school or in their senior years.”

After many weekends on the road, the students had been looking forward to their home show in front of friends, and family and members turned out in record numbers.

Monto SHS agriculture teacher and cattle club coordinator Toby Worley said club worked hard to uphold their own lofty standards.

"Monto has a very strong cattle industry and we have our predecessors to thank for that,” Mr Worley said.

"The students have done very well in the past and continue to do so.

"Everyone had a chance to get involved in one way or another.”

The show movement has a proven history of kick-starting careers, particularly in the agriculture industry.

"Some of our students have already picked up work and were showing for private stud owners at the Monto Show,” Mr Worley said.

"It's certainly a great opportunity to show off their skills and network with potential employers.

"I received my job after entering a Queensland shows competition.”

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