How four students from country Proston took on big-city comp
PROSTON State School's four-student show team have returned from the Ekka with the Champion Junior Heifer title and a whole heap of confidence and pride.
Agriculture science teacher Katrina Hayward said the win was not only a great reward for the school, but also for the town.
"That is the whole reason we do it - to build their confidence to prepare them for a world outside of the little town of Proston,” Ms Hayward said.
"To have something to work towards and to have the confidence and ambition to work towards it.
"We don't get any additional funding for our agriculture program because we are not big enough, so we have to fund the program ourselves, so we do it for the kids for their growth and development.”
To prepare for the Ekka, the students had been working with Lowey, a 450kg Lowline-cross heifer, since January.
They also honed their showing skills at shows across the region but Ms Hayward said the Ekka was a "whole different ball game”.
Lowey was well-trained and put on a show, posing for judges to show off her softness and ratio which put her ahead of her competitors.
Proston student Jessica Jackson formed a special bod with Lowey in her first year of showing and Ms Hayward said it was a rewarding yet emotional end for the duo.
"She knew what the end would be and they had a bond like no other,” Ms Hayward said.