OUR WINNERS: Nanci Wilson, Madison Low and Megan Birch, three of among many Montonians who excelled at the Ekka cattle events.
OUR WINNERS: Nanci Wilson, Madison Low and Megan Birch, three of among many Montonians who excelled at the Ekka cattle events. Contributed

Monto reps excel at Ekka

THE Brisbane Ekka is arguably the biggest event of the cattle events calendar in Queensland, and participants from Monto have plenty to be proud of.

Monto State High School performed strongly in the school competition, coming 7th overall in the School Herdsman Competition.

In individual achievements among the students, Nanci Wilson was named State Champion Prime Judges, State finalist Stud Judges, and third in School Paraders 16-18 years.

Miss Wilson said the experience was a great way for young talent to get noticed in the industry.

Madison Low came fifth in the RNA Paraders competition.

Megan Birch was a State Finalist in Stud Judges and Paraders and Highly Commended in School Judges 16-18 years.

Savannah Goody made the finals of School Paraders 16-18 years competition out of 87 students, Lailah Mitchell came fourth out of 139 competitors in 14-16 years School Paraders and Mac Aisthorpe came third out of 55 in 11-13yr School Paraders.

Monto State High School teacher and Nanci's mother Bec Wilson said each school year sets a precedent for the next to follow.

"For this year's Cattle Club, Brock (Dahtler) and Luke (Aisthorpe) as well as all the past predecessors set a standard,” Mrs Wilson said.

"It's fabulous that teams from these little country towns are doing so well and I'm excited to see what the younger students pick up for next year.”

Luke Aisthorpe and Brock Dahtler were also present in the competitions, with Luke being named Reserve State Champion Paraders and State finalist Prime Judges, while Brock Dahtler came second in RNA Paraders.

Another Cattle Club alumni, Amy Birch was named State Finalist Paraders.

Girlie Goody won the Class 34 Coles Supermarket Pen of Three Pasture Fed or Grain Fed Steers and/or Heifers with a team of limousin cross steers.

A veteran of carcass competitions, it was Girlie's first time running a team in the Coles competition.

"I always think if you're judging them live that's a beauty contest, but the carcass is where it counts.”

She chose limousins for their suitability to carcass competitions.

"I have a lot of breeds, but they seem to be able to bring up the measurability the meatworks want,” Mrs Goody said.

Girlie thanked Lorraine and Michael Taylor from Murgon, who took the steers she bred and fed them on grain to get them ready.

"The cows wouldn't have won if they hadn't been fed.”


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