Station cattle to show cattle

Host: Charles Darwin University, Katherine Rural Campus
Written by Kerrie Cokley.

3.1 copyCertificate II Agriculture residential students, VETis Students and RIST students practicing showing cattle in the lead up to Katherine and Darwin shows.

With our local Ag shows just around the corner the Charles Darwin University’s Katherine Rural Campus is a hype of activity with seven full time students, two VETiS (Vocational Education Training in School – From Katherine High) and five Rural Industry Skills Training (RIST) students from Victoria.

They are all working hard and learning how to halter train their led stud cattle. All the full time students are from around the Top End and are studying a Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20110) at the Charles Darwin University’s Katherine Rural Campus in Katherine. The high schools students have volunteered their schools holidays to work with the show team and the RIST students are visiting the Top End for work experience.

3.2 copyCertificate II Agriculture residential students, VETis Students and RIST students practicing showing cattle in the lead up to Katherine and Darwin shows.

Working with the students in the show cattle team are VET Lecturer/ Workplace Assessor (Horse/Cattle Production) Kerrie Cokley and Katherine Rural Campus Stud Manager Jessica Beckhouse, assisted by Tim Biggs, Neil Harley and Derek Smith. In preparation for the show their days consist of catching the animals, shampooing, leading and practicing their presentation skills as well as feeding and caring for them. There are many hours involved in gaining the animal’s confidence and trust, building the students’ confidence and their cattle handling skills along the way.

Maddy Harley – VETis Student, Katherine High School:

“Hi I’m Maddy and I’m from Katherine, I volunteered for the VETiS program to help with the show cattle. I’ve got Letisha and Matilda. I take pride in working with them and I love cattle and think they are beautiful creatures. We teach them what they need to do and how they need to work. We will also be doing the junior judging, learning about structure and fertility with the Brahman cattle here at CDU.”


Photo 3.3Maddy Harley and Rural College Macky.

Henry Daiyi – full time residential KRC student studying Certificate II in Agriculture:

“I’m Henry Daiyi and I’m from Twin Hills Station, west of Litchfield Park, south of Darwin. I have come to the rural campus to learn about show cattle and all the stuff in a Cert II of Agriculture. We will be going to the shows and leading our young weaners and the older show cattle. We have been washing them every day and leading them, practicing standing and presenting. We have to remember to keep an eye on the judge when we are in the show. Mine are Mudjie and Lisa and I think they will go good.”

3.4 copyHenry Daiyi and Rural College Kara.

Ben Snowy – full time residential KRC student studying Certificate II in Agriculture:

“Hello, my names Ben Snowy and I’m from Yarralin. I’m doing the show cattle here, leading, washing and standing up straight. My cattle are Max and this one is Kirsty”

3.5 copyBen Snowy and Rural College Kirsty.

Shaun Brian – full time residential KRC student studying Certificate II in Agriculture:

“My name is Shaun Brian and I’m from Darwin and this is Leroy. I have been working with him for about a month now. At first I wasn’t real sure about him but now we get along real good. He lets me touch him everywhere now and I’ve learnt a lot from Leroy. He won last year and I think he will win again this year”

3.6 copyShaun Brian and Rural College Leroy.

Joseph Gordon – full time residential KRC student studying Certificate II in Agriculture:

“My name Joseph Gordon from Yarralin and this is big Isabella. I have a little one too called Misty and I’m leading them in the show”

3.7 copyJoseph Gordon and Rural College Isabella.

Richard Wilkins – VETis Student, Katherine High School:

“My name is Richard Wilkins and I’m from Katherine and I am studying Rural Operations. I have volunteered to come out and help with the show cattle during my school holidays. I’m leading Kelly in the show and I reckon she will go pretty well, she stands up nice and straight and does what she is told, most of the time. This is a good experience and good fun.”

3.8 copyRichard Wilkins and Rural College Kelly.

After the show cattle are washed, handled, led, fed and put away for the day, there is time for the students to work on their horse riding and handling skills, another important component of the Certificate II in Agriculture course at the Katherine Rural Campus. After attending the Katherine and Darwin shows, the students will move onto learning other stock and station skills required, such as fencing, feeding livestock, stock water supplies, welding and the operation and maintenance of machinery. All the current students are aiming to find jobs on cattle stations following completion of their course. This goal will be aided by the work experience placements built into the course, 2 stretches of 2 weeks at a time on local cattle stations.

Photo 3.9 copyThe students taking a well earnt break from the cattle to work with their horses.

Photo 3.10 copyThe show cattle in training visit the main campus area with CDU staff members and students.

Photo 3.11 copy2 curious heifers during show cattle training morning at Katherine Rural Campus. The cattle are led through various areas and along the internal campus roads to get them used to different environments in preparation for attending the Katherine and Darwin shows.

Photo 3.12 copyRural College Nandy and Stud Manager Jessica Beckhouse paying the office a surprise visit!

Photo 3.13 copyThe cattle are led through various areas and along the internal campus roads to get them used to different environments in preparation for attending the Katherine and Darwin shows.

The Charles Darwin University’s Agriculture and Rural Operations (Top End) Team provides nationally accredited training in Certificate II in Agriculture (AHC20110), Certificate III in Agriculture (AHC30110) and Certificate IV in Agriculture (AHC40110) qualifications and short courses. Training can be done on campus or in the workplace.

The team is also responsible for the delivery of specialised industry programs including SMARTtrain Chemical Accreditation; 4WD Vehicle Recovery; Basic Welding; Tractor Operation; Basic Engine Maintenance; Chainsaw Operation; Pregnancy Testing and ATV Quad Training.

Enrolments open now, for more information contact:
KATHERINE RURAL CAMPUS – 1300 00 SKILLS
P. +61 8 8973 8311 | F. +61 8 8973 8300 | E. cdukatherinecampus@cdu.edu.au
PMB 155, Katherine, Northern Territory 0852 AUSTRALIA
RTO Provider No. 0373

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