Meet the cuddly Scottish lady teaching Oakey teens
OAKEY State High School welcomed its newest staff member with the arrival of a shaggy Highland cow named Peggie.
The three-year-old is in calf and will form the basis of the school's first stud breeding program.
Agricultural studies teacher Debbie Goudie said the sight of her students parading the woollen beast on the agricultural show circuit will turn heads.
"Peggie is drop-dead gorgeous," she said.
"Fingers are crossed that FarmFest will go ahead and that will be Peggie's first outing."
Highlanders are one of the oldest cattle breeds and Mrs Goudie said Peggie would give her students insight into foundation generics of cattle breeding.
The breed's cuddly physique is both pretty and practical.
Peggie's long hair keeps the flies and ticks at bay, protecting her from blight, pinkeye and other diseases.
The breed is also hardy, surviving on poor quality feed which makes them drought resistant and cheap to keep.
"They are very much a lean animal with low cholesterol and their meat marbles, so they perform well in the carcase competitions," Mrs Goudie said.
"They are like Wagyu."
Not that Peggie will go anywhere near a butcher's block.
The school will keep her on site for the next 15 years and add extra Highlanders to the herd in the years to come.
While the school regularly competes in lead cattle competitions, purchasing Peggie will give it entry into the stud arena.
"We joined the Australian Highland Cattle Society," Mrs Goudie said
"The students will be learning about benefits of Highland cattle; they will go to the shows and promote the breed.
"We are looking to breed true-to-type standard cattle."