Show steers for Oakey State High

25 March 2016

Acland Pastoral Company (APC) has continued to support Oakey State High School’s agriculture program by donating three steers for its led steer program.

APC Development Manager Ben Muirhead said he was eager to support the program and believes working hands-on with the animals provides a great benefit to the students as they learn how to handle, prepare and present them for show.

"Agriculture is one of the major industries on the Darling Downs and Acland Pastoral strongly supports teaching the younger generations about farming and grazing."

"I’m looking forward to seeing the cattle on the local show circuit. I believe involvement of livestock and engaging locals is crucial to the future of these local shows," he said.

APC Farm Operational Superintendent Michael Laird has been working closely with the school in the selection of the steers and checks in regularly regarding their progress.

"There’s no better way to learn how to care for livestock than getting up close and hands-on, and I think the agriculture program is a great way to encourage students to consider a career in farming," he said.

Oakey State High School Principal Tracy Tully said the school has been working to expand and enhance their agriculture program and having the APC steers on campus has been a great addition to their classes.

"Oakey State High School is committed to giving our students real insight into the agriculture industry and equipping them with the right skills and knowledge to begin a career in farming."

"We are extremely proud of the dedication our students have shown to this program and its been encouraging to see some of our older students begin to plan further studies in agriculture for after they graduate," she said.