SRPG Show Cattle Preparation Weekend

An enthusiastic group of eight novice and aspiring exhibitors (including some welcome new faces) gathered at Glenholme Lowlines, Yarra Glen for a weekend of learning about how to prepare cattle for show. Master showman Ken Lorains, ably assisted by Jacqui Feagan and Matt Cooney, led discussion about training cattle to halter, pre-show preparation, show equipment, identification and animal health requirements for shows, fitting and care of cattle at show grounds.

The small number of participants allowed the training to be conducted in an informal interactive way with plenty of time for questions, exchange of ideas and “hands on” practice of new skills on five Lowline heifers supplied by Patricia and Gary of Glenholme Lowlines. A convivial dinner was held on Saturday evening at a nearby restaurant. A mock show (judged by Matt) was held on Sunday during which people learned about ringcraft and practised presenting a heifer to the judge.

Notes were supplied including information prepared by Julie Knight in 2015 for a previous SRPG Showing Skills Weekend; ALCA Showing of Cattle By-Law 11 Guidelines and Protocols (Version Dec 2016); and the ALCA Policy on the Use of Drugs and Surgical Alterations in Showing Cattle.

Feedback from attendees was very positive. As a result, SRPG hopes to see some new faces in the show ring at 2019 Whittlesea Agricultural Society Show in early November. Australian Lowline cattle will be the Feature Breed at this show.

Patricia Ellis


Cattle Structural Assessment Field Day


Improve your Structural Assessment Skills

Structural problems in cattle have a substantial effect on both the
reproductive and growth performance of a beef herd. Lowline
breeders have a responsibility to ensure that the cattle they
produce are structurally sound. Well known cattle woman and
Angus breeder, Fiona Glover will give an electronic presentation of
what she looks for in an animal, starting from the ground up.
Fiona’s talk will be followed up by an on-farm visit to assess
individual animals’ structure and develop participants assessment
skills. This field day will be invaluable to all cattle breeders
wanting to improve their herd

To be held at:
Steel’s Creek
Community Centre
699 Steels Creek Rd,
Steels Creek & then
On Farm
Fiona Glover
10:00 am – 2:00 pm
BBQ Lunch Provided
Cost: $10 per

Australian Lowline Cattle

Contact Jacqui Feagan
0409 384 077

S.R.P.G. Showing School success

Report by Jacqui Feagan.

The Southern Region Promotion Group held a very successful Showing Skills Workshop over two days on June 13th & 14th at the Whittlesea Showgrounds.

There were 10 participants and 4 instructors.  The enthusiasm and interest shown by the participants was fantastic and every one pitched in to make the event a success.

On Saturday, Julie Knight, Ken & Gill Lorains instructed participants on everything they needed to know about show preparation, fitting and clipping etc. and were unbelievably knowledgeable, patient and supportive.  Members were amazed as heifers in paddock condition were transformed into sleek show animals under their expert tuition.  A BBQ in the evening and the chance to socialise around the campfire was a lovely way to end a terrific day.  However, it must be said that camping in the cattle pavilion overnight was definitely character building.

On Sunday, Matt Cooney enlightened the group on how to successfully promote their stud and Gary Turnham ran our mock show.  Gary expertly drilled participants in the art of showing and reminded us ‘would be showies’ of some of the harsh realities of the show ring.

The glowing feedback from the participants showed how much they appreciated not only the expert instruction, but the commitment and the time given by our volunteer instructors.  Not only did the participants learn lots but the workshop also gave us the chance to get to know each other and have a really fun, social time.  Hopefully the skills and insights gained from the workshop will enable participants to have a go at showing their animals and we will see a resurgence of Lowline cattle on display in the showring in the future.

Thank you again Ken, Gill, Julie & Gary for such a stellar effort and a special thank you to Ken and Gill for not only suggesting the event but then working so hard to make it happen and for the great breakfast!!  And to Julie for the huge effort in bringing down loan heifers for workshop.  A big thank you also to Tracey Goss from the Whittlesea Agricultural Society, Les Brooks and Graham Hunter from the Committee of Management for being so helpful and efficient and the Whittlesea Junior football club for offering us the use of their visitor showers.