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AGM Dinner 2015

November 2015

 

The GDBLG at first glance has had a quiet year, but when you put it all together a lot has gone on again behind the scenes.

 

I would like to give a quick overview of our activities. Last Christmas we once again, with the support of Nolan’s, gave our annual donation of meat products to both the Salvation Army and St Vincent DePaul’s for their Christmas appeal. This is always gratefully received and plans are in place for a similar donation again this year.

 

In April we held a pasture management and soil condition field day out at Glastonbury. This was well attended and special thanks to Sally Becker for driving a busload of high school children out for the day.

 

In July we supported a MLA BeefUp Forum at Kilkivan, which was well attended. Also in July we supported a Grazing BMP Field day at Brian and Petra Kaddatz property at Woolooga. This was organized in conjunction with AgForce and Grazing BMP.

 

This year saw the Gympie Carcass Classic have another very successful year, with a number of new entries still coming in as well as some exhibiters that have not shown for a while returning again and the number of entries continues to grow. The final weigh day at the saleyards is becoming a fantastic event to learn from and listen to the comments from other producers. Congratulations to Kate, Mick and Barry for doing a great job organizing this year’s competition. Also thank you to all the sponsors who helped keep the competition going this year, and especially the Nolan family – without them the competition would just not run. Work is underway for next year’s competition with a few new changes, mainly the fact that we will be feeding the cattle at a different feedlot. Information will coming out early in the New Year.

 

During the year we worked with the MRCCC on a number of projects. This included the Reef Rescue Program project, whereby a number of members have benefited from the training and government funding of on-ground projects. Unfortunately it seems as though this funding will be cut off as this is the last year of three for the program, but work is underway within the MRCCC to find other avenues to secure more funding. A member of our committee Mick Seeny has also been accepted as the beef industry delegate on the MRCCC.

 

In October we worked with the Country Noosa Group, a small group similar to ours, they ran a soil nutrition and Pasture management workshop down at Belli Creek.

 

Jim Viner, GDBLG President

 

The new committee L-R: Barry McIntyre, Nick Senini, George Cotter, Ivan Naggs, Mick Seeney, Bob Clem, Jim Viner, Brian Kaddatz, Wayne Carlson, Neville Zerner, Sally Bekker (Absent: Graeme Elphinstone, Terry Nolan, Len Carlson).

Attendees enjoying the evening.

Wide Bay Inter-School Carcase Competition 2015

October 2015

 

Cattle Show Team students have had a busy year attending shows with the school’s Droughtmaster cattle. The show season culminates with the biggest competition of all for us – the Wide Bay Inter-School Carcase Competition. This year the Competition was held at the Maryborough showgrounds, where we spent two nights sleeping under the stars while the cattle were bedded down in relative luxury in the stalls normally set aside for show ponies.

 

The competition’s main aim is to showcase the skills in show preparation, cattle handling and herdsmanship of students. Our preparation for this competition began in March with weaning of calves, halter-breaking and training them to lead.

 

Whilst at Marybourough, students were judged on their ability to parade cattle and harder still, to rank a group of cattle in terms of their purpose – whether that was for stud purposes of for the domestic meat trade. This was no mean feat for the seniors who had to present their arguments to the entire group of competitors and judges using a microphone. In this competition, Gympie High students did very well, with numerous placings received.

 

At this point, we’d like to thank all the Ag Dept. teachers, including Mr Johnston, Mr Easton, Mr Leitch, Mrs Bekker and our fabulous farm assistant, Bob Kington, for their support. Thanks also to our many sponsors for their on-going sponsorship of our team.

 

Participants preparing to enter the ring.

All participants at the event.

 

The Paraders competition.

Students preparing their animals.

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