SHOW SUCCESS: Sophia and Madeleine Radel with all the ribbons the Radel family won at the Brisbane Ekka for their dairy cattle.
SHOW SUCCESS: Sophia and Madeleine Radel with all the ribbons the Radel family won at the Brisbane Ekka for their dairy cattle. Erica Murree

Picking up after the cows

AFTER a week at the Royal Brisbane Show, the Radel sisters, Sophia and Madeleine, shared their big smoke experience with fellow Biggenden State School students.

On parade on Monday morning eight-year-old Madeleine explained how they had looked after the family's dairy cows while Sophia proudly held onto the blanket of prize-winning ribbons.

Madeleine said they had to shave all the cows' hair off at home and teach them to lead.

"When we got down there we had to keep them clean and comfortable," she said.

"We had to pick up their poo and wee in a bucket and feed them. While we were down there we had a bull calf born.

"Our Dad leads the cows in the show ring."

She said this year the judge came form New Zealand.

"We won a lot of ribbons," she said.

"When all the hard work was finished Dad took us on some rides and to watch the fireworks.

"My favourite ride was the dodgems and Sophia's favourite the ferris wheel."

The Ekka was extra special for Sophia as she turned six during their Brisbane stay.


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