SHOW: Murgon State High School students Romana Ricketts, Brock Wiley and Mersadeez Nielsen show their cattle at the Murgon Show on March 16, 2019.
SHOW: Murgon State High School students Romana Ricketts, Brock Wiley and Mersadeez Nielsen show their cattle at the Murgon Show on March 16, 2019. Jessica McGrath

School cattle team starry-eyed with Jupiter

THERE was pride in the Murgon show ring as the cattle were led around for the judges.

The Murgon State High School show cattle team entered the cattle they had bred at school into the Murgon Show on March 16.

Students Romana Ricketts, Brock Wiley and Mersadeez Nielsen each led their steers in the Led Steer Under 350kg competition.

"We're here to participate in our school show team and support our local show,” Romana said.

"We entered in our three steers and three heifers all bred at the school.”

Brock, who led third-place winner Jupiter around the ring, said the team had to prepare for the show.

"We had to learn how to lead and how the judging works,” he said.

The Murgon cattle judge said the school's led steer under 350kg third-place winner Jupiter weighed in at 262kg.

"Another great body, probably just that overall fitness and carcass that got him down here today,” he said.

Jupiter shared the show-ring with first place winner Charcoal, from Hillsborough Limousin, who weighed in at 350kg.

"We put our hands on this calf and we think he's got a bit more fat on him, that's what got him up here is that better coverage on the steer,” he said.

The judges found it difficult to pick between the first place winner and runners up led steer Snowflake.

"It was pretty hard to split these two, the white and the black,” he said.

Snowflake, from Genderview Limousin, weighed in at 348kg.

"He's going to be a tremendous calf by Brisbane,” he said.

"He's got that real show appeal in this calf, that just overall cover that got him down here today.”