DSHS cattle team members the stars of the show
THE Dalby State High School cattle team starred at the Jandowae Show on Saturday, where they collected multiple placings and received a huge confidence boost.
The team of keen achievers, consisting of 15 students and 10 head of cattle, took out several placings in the led steers competition as well as accumulating multiple personal achievements in the junior judging and parading competitions.
The students are from Years 7-12, and they all work together as a close-knit team when it comes to looking after the cattle.
DSHS senior student support worker Sue Burrowes said she was very proud of the school team's efforts at the Jandowae Show.
"This is actually the first show for a lot of the students here today, and a few of the cattle too, and they've taken out a number of placings which is really great,” Ms Burrowes said.
"They've been able to take home some ribbons and a lot of extra confidence.
"Overall, they've just done really well today and we're all really pleased with how it's gone.”
Year 12 student Piper Barth has accumulated a wealth of experience in cattle showing, and took out first prize in the Young Handlers competition at Jandowae.
"I have been showing cattle for eight years and four of those have been with DSHS,” Piper said.
"My favourite part about cattle showing is the preparation of the cattle.
"I love washing them, clipping the cattle and just everything else, plus that reward then of seeing the cattle going into the ring.”
Up next for the DSHS cattle team is the Dalby Show, which will also feature the DSHS competition sheep.
But Ms Burrowes said they won't have much time to prepare after the holiday break.
"Because a number of our students are boarders, they will actually go home for the Easter break,” she said.
"It means we'll only have three days to prepare together when school starts up again before we compete in the Dalby Show.
"We like to give the kids a break, but also the steers enjoy a bit of a rest too.”