← Hoof N Hook Success in Gympie

The BCC Hoof n Hook team competed at the annual Gympie District Show last week, coming away with wins and placings in a number of sections.

Consisting of Cody Hooper, Cody Muller, Lily Mason, Abigail Marsman, Caleb Reinke, and Samuel Attard; the team applied themselves diligently with all that goes into showing cattle including long days and hard dirty work to make the animals look their best for each show day.

Year 10 student Cody Muller placed Fifth in the Junior handler section with “Bazooka”. For this, Cody had to show he could successfully handle the bull lead him out and stand him up properly. He had to be in control at all times of an animal weighing approximately 630kg.

In the Junior Judging section (15-18 years) Sam, Lily, and Abigail were placed in the top 6. For year 10 student Lily, she was awarded First Place with fellow year 10 student Abigail placing Second. 

BCC Director of Teaching and Learning, Mrs Elissa Vardy, complemented the students’ abilities and the depth of competition. “These placements were an incredible achievement, as there were over 70 competitors in this section. They judged a herd of approximately 15 unfamiliar steers and successfully ranked them. The ability to look at live beef animals and evaluate their potential to produce a quality carcass is quite a challenge.”

"Oakwood Native Rain", also achieved success being judged as Champion Interbreed Junior Female for the entire show. 

"Onyx" and "Goggle Box" took second and third in the Led Steer competition.

Agricultural Science teacher and Hoof n Hook Mentor, Angela Gees, commended the students on their achievements but also their work ethic leading up to and during the show. “We are so proud of our team’s work ethic in making sure that the stalls are maintained and the cattle are well looked after while they away from home” she said. “Being up at 4:30am and getting to bed after 9pm makes a very long day and the students handled it extremely well.”

Mrs Gees and Mrs Vardy gave a special shout out to Caleb Reinke and Cody Hooper for their support in setting up and packing down camp in a very efficient manner. 

BCC’s Hoof n Hook program would not be successful without the depth of knowledge of Mr Paul Forman of Oakwood Limousins who is also the BCC Farm Manager. Mr Bob Hibbard, Head of Faculty for Science, is also an integral part of the success of the program.

The team head to Maryborough on Thursday 20 May for Fraser Coast Show.