It’s a bright, sunny Tuesday for all at the Melbourne Showgrounds. But for one young man it’s all the brighter.
Ithas been one for the photo albums for young Hamish McLaw. From rural New South Wales, Hamish has ventured across state with Yanco Agricultural High School to compete in the cattle handling competition side of the Royal Melbourne Show.
Not only has Hamish achieved great things on his own, taking out the Champion Junior Parader, but Yanco Agricultural High School as a whole has so far won Champion School Steer, Reserve Champion School Steer, Reserve Champion Junior Parader, and of course Champion Junior Parader.
The Parader competitions, Hamish says are judged on how the handler shows the animal off to the judge. And the nerves aren’t an issue for cool, calm and collected Hamish McLaw, as he said, “when you first do it you have a bit of an edge, but as you get more and more into it you get more relaxed”.
As a year seven student, Hamish is nearly at the end of his first year of boarding at Yanco Agricultural High School, and says that although it was his parents’ decision for him to go, he loves it. For a year seven student to live a two hour trip from his family is no mean feat, but Hamish says that he gets to see them every weekend, so it’s “not too bad”.
Hamish has come from a largely farming background, growing up on five thousand acres, running nine thousand sheep and two hundred cattle. Despite this, Hamish said he hasn’t been into handling cattle his whole life, only really starting up two years ago.
Looking into the future, Hamish says that he aims to continue with cattle work throughout high school, and hopes to one day travel to America and show cattle over there.
More cattle parading can be seen in The Weekly Times Livestock Pavilion throughout the course of the Show.