More than 200 high school students from agricultural pathways schools across the Wide Bay will bring their livestock to Bundaberg this week for the annual Wide Bay Interschool Hoof and Hook Competition
To be held at the Bundaberg Recreational Precinct, 15 schools will converge on to the venue on Wednesday, 15 September to take part in the event.
The competition, coordinated by Bundaberg Christian College, will be held over three full days and include junior handling (both novice and experienced), judging of heifers and steers and junior judging.
Prizes on offer for the students include the junior handling and junior judging awards but also individual and team herdsman awards.
Bundaberg Christian College, Head of Faculty for Science and PE Mr Bob Hibbard is excited about the competition and the level of talent that the Wide Bay and Burnett Schools are producing.
“Competitions like this really bring out the confidence and leadership of our next generation of Cattle Farmers and it showcases the skills they have in this area” he said.
“Furthermore for students that do not decide to pursue a career in agriculture, the Hoof and Hook programs at these schools provide opportunity to work in a team environment, provide the very best care for an animal and teach the value of diligence and hard work.”
Mr Hibbard is also grateful to local businesses for their support, declaring that “a competition like this requires a great deal of resources – transport of the cattle, camping facilities, accommodation for our judge just to name a few.
“We are especially grateful to the number of businesses who have either donated or reduced their cost to enable us to provide the students with this competitive experience.,” he said.
“Bundaberg Regional Council has been especially supportive by reducing the cost to use their Recreational Precinct – especially waiving the camping fees for our schools”.
The 2021 Gympie Beef Liaison Group, Wide Bay Interschool Hoof and Hook Competition kicks off from Wednesday, September 15 to 17.