Christian college ag students impress at Ekka
THE Ekka has changed over the years but Bundaberg region cattle are still coming out on top thanks to the passion of the next generation.
Bundaberg Christian College sent a team of six students and came fifth overall in the School Handlers Competition, up against over 30 other schools - an impressive feat according to college ag farm manager Paul Forman.
"We only took six students - most schools take around 20," Mr Forman said.
BCC student Drew Frahm, 15, won Champion Parader in the 14-15 age group.
"It's a first for our school to win that championship," Mr Forman said.
Courtney Fleming, part of the Bundy Droughtmasters family, came 5th in 16-19 years handlers category, and Paris Auer took 6th place, as well as 5th in the Junior Judges category.
The school took a 3rd place with a medium-weight steer, from the herd raised on the school grounds, where Mr Forman trains the students to raise livestock and grow small crops.
Meanwhile Bevan Glasgow, who has run cattle on his South Kolan property for 30 years, scored a Junior Champion Brahman award for his nine-month-old heifer, Riuna Elegance 557.
"She's only this high, but the judges loved her," Mr Glasgow said. He and Mr Forman both said she was close to taking out the Grand Champion.
Mr Forman won Reserve Champion Heifer with his own beast from the Oakwood Limousin stud, Oakwood Pay Elisa.