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Dakabin High News 2015


What an amazing experience for the students that attended the biggest cattle show in the southern hemisphere.

Over 30 different breeds of cattle were exhibited with over 1771 entries in the Catalogue.

Twelve students attended the show travelling to Rockhampton on Friday the 1st May and returning on Saturday the 9th May.

We loaded our 6 Lowline, 5 Sahiwal and 3 Brahman cattle onto a semi-trailer in the pouring rain at 6am for their epic journey to Rockie. The hire bus and vehicle convoy of students and parents set off a half hour later leaving a flooding Brisbane behind. Nine and half hours later we arrived in a sunny warm Rockhampton, the Beef Capital of Australia and the world, for the next 9 days.

We camped at Rockhampton State High School over the road from the Showgrounds with Pittsworth State High School and Mackay Christian College on the school farm.


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Our cattle were unloaded at 6pm that night and went straight to their beds to eat, drink and rest.

Below is a list of achievements from our students and what they participated in. They worked from sun up to sun down and were amazing ambassadors for Dakabin SHS and public education. They spoke to hundreds of people about their animals and the school.

Duties carried out daily from sunrise to sunset all week:-
• Feeding animals 4 times a day with chaff and grain
• Watering 5-6 times a day
• Answering questions from the public and other exhibitors
• Picking up manure
• Cleaning out cattle beds, topping up and replacing sawdust
• Emptying wheelbarrow.


• Setup of all Lowline and Sahiwal cattle exhibits



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• Commercial Beef Cattle Judging at Gracemere Saleyards
• 3 Dakabin students entered all were placed.
• Zane Austin 5th Senior class
Nic Donaldson 4th Junior Class
Dhana Stokes top 10 Junior Class.
All bulls weighed and scanned

Students attended a Careers Expo at Rockie High organised by Ag Force


• School Teams Judging, 18 schools entered 2 teams each of 4 students.



Dakabin placed equal 3rd

Washed and blow-dried all Lowlines and washed the Brahmans ready for judging


• Brahman Judging 7.30am   
• Placings 1st with Jean.234 Brahmans entered
Lowline Judging 8am

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Placings 2 X 1st, 2 X 2nd’s, 2 X 3rd’s with over 38 animals entered. Four hours out in the sun, a very long and tiring day
Dhana Stokes receives her award for her essay that she wrote about an inspirational person in the Beef Industry Beef16

• Washed and groomed the Sahiwals for Judging the next day.
• Looked around show at the other exhibits. 

Thursday 11am

Sahiwal Judging 

Junior Champion Bull Nolan

Senior and Grand Champion Bull Nassar


Senior Champion and Grand Champion Cow Manni and Reserve Senior Champion Cow Madra
Grand Parade with the Sahiwals at 1.30pm and then Champion of Champions at 2pm
• Commercial Beef Cattle Judging at Gracemere  Saleyards
• 3 Dakabin students entered all were placed.
• Zane Austin 5th Senior class
Nic Donaldson 4th Junior Class
Dhana Stokes top 10 Junior Class.
Zane Austin placed in the top 10 in his age group.
Junior Judges saw Kyle Mackay and Courtney Price spoke on their selections and were placed in the top 10 in their age group (55 students in that group



Loaded cattle for their trip home at 3am.

Travelled back to Brisbane.

Congratulations to the following students who attended BEEF 2015 on your efforts and for being outstanding ambassadors for Dakabin State High School.

Student who attended:
1. Zane Austin 12
2. Maddie Moroney 12
3. Courtney Price 11
4. Kyle Mackay 11
5. Sarah Robinson 11
6. Alexsi Tulk 11
7. Maddi Greaves 11
8. Dhana Stokes 10
9. Tamika Holstein 10
10. Susie Moroney 10
11. Nicolas Donaldson 9
12. Raymond Fibbes 9

Thank you also to the parent volunteers. I am not sure who enjoyed themselves more the students or the parents!
Meaghan Hockey, Amanda and Mark Price, Sylvia Austin and Andrew Donaldson.
Thanks to Mrs Lyall for assisting with student welfare and Laura Williams for her help.

Thank you to Mr O’Connell and Mrs Larsen who also attended. We greatly appreciated your support. Beef23
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