Young Goody takes the lead
CLAIRE Goody has been surrounded by cattle her whole life.
Her family have run cattle in the region for generations and she lives on an 8000-acre Mungungo property owned by her great aunt Girlie Goody, a pioneer for female beef producers.
So it may seem the Year-11 student wouldn't have much left to learn from the cattle club at her high school.
But she said the opposite was true.
"Showing cattle is a whole different avenue to breeding them," she said.
"From being in cattle club I have learnt all about preparation and how the cattle have to look all the time.
"From watching and listening at the shows I know what to look for in good steers and good heifers."
Miss Goody represented Monto State High School in the cattle showing at Mount Perry Show on Saturday.
She placed second in the Over 15 Young Prime Judges division and third in the Over 15 Junior Handlers division.
She said being involved with club has given her a whole new perspective on the industry.
"There are lots of jobs involved in showing cattle," she said.
"It gives the students another career to think about in the future."
Miss Goody has been involved in the cattle club for three years.
She said a lot of preparation goes in before a show.
"We have to break the cattle in which takes a long time," she said,
"The students learn to tie them up, lead them around and get used to brushing them.
"The biggest challenge I have found is their first blow dry because they're not sure what the big loud sounds are."
Monto State High School agriculture teacher Toby Worley said numbers in the cattle club have sky-rocketed in the past 12 months, now with 42 students.
"We decided as a school to take on a couple of Sandra Jane's Speckle Park cattle and in June we're going to pick up Caldy Droughtmasters from Monto as well.
"We've got a lot of keen students so we wanted to keep our cattle up with them to keep their interest.
"There are kids that are from properties as well as kids who have never had anything to do with cattle, hopefully they might think of running their own property one day."
Miss Goody still has a couple of years to consider her career path, but she said cattle could be on the cards.
MONTO SHS RESULTS
Prime Young Judges
1st Riley Blue
2nd Connor Mclaughlan
2nd Claire Goody
1st Shadia Dahtler
2nd Cooper Mollenhagen
3rd Kiralee Streeter
4th Dallas Mollenhagen
5th Riley Thomsen
2nd Anna Phillips
3rd Claire Goody
Stud Young Judges
1st Kiralee Streeter
2nd Holly Knight
3rd Sophie McLaughlan
1st Anna Phillips
Cattle also placed well with a second for Chicko and a third for Rocket in the lightweight steer section.
Oscar received a second in heavyweight steers.
In the stud classes MSHS picked up a first with Sandra Jane's Paris in the heifer under 12 months.
Phoebe received second in the 12 to 15 month class
Phoenix received second in the bull under 12 months.
All stud cattle were shown by the school on behalf of Sandra Jane's Speckle Park Stud from Monto.