The TGS Show Cattle Team commenced in Term 1 2021 under the guidance of Mr Jack Murphy and Mrs Julie Brophy. The concept of the team was to give boys a hands-on, extracurricular opportunity in the agricultural industry.

The boys have been competing in the Young Judges’ competitions at a range of shows across Queensland. The Young Judges’ competition is based on the goal of expanding the boys' knowledge of the skills that are a foundation of the animal production industry, helping them as youthful individuals to develop their careers within agriculture. With this in mind, the boys are asked to outline their reasons for placing the animals in order from 1st to 4th and justify their positions. The task of judging is a subjective one, based on selected production systems and changing market conditions. It is important that entrants can use their skills and articulate their approach. The competition teaches the boys life lessons in presentation, decision-making and justification of observations.

Whilst competing across Queensland, the boys have been able to experience rural communities, allowing boarders to participate at their local shows whilst also allowing day boys to immerse themselves in rural communities. Through supporting agricultural shows, the boys can see rural communities come together and support their successes.

"Ag shows are the heart and soul of our regional communities. They bring and keep communities together, link the country to the city and provide a key boost to these local economies. These events showcase the hard work and innovation that goes into producing Australia's food and fibre."

Hon David Littleproud MP

Leader of the National Party and TGS Old Boy (1992-1993)

A number of the boys involved in the team have also had the ability to compete in the Young Paraders’ competition. This event showcases the boys' ability to prepare and present the animals by parading the animals before the judge in the ring. This was a highlight for many of the boys, preparing animals that were over ten times their size. The boys have also had the opportunity to learn more about the beef industry with a tour of Oakey Beef Abattoir. This provided further links to the changing market conditions and opened a range of professional careers within the agricultural supply chain.

The Show Cattle Team allows the boys to connect with one another and champions all boys who have a passion for learning. The team comprises 25 secondary boys in total and is a healthy mix of both boarders and day boys. The boys need no prior knowledge and learn all aspects of the judging processes in weekly "meatings".

"We moved from Brisbane to Toowoomba at the beginning of 2020 with our two 'city kids'. The Show Cattle Team was one of the first extracurricular activities that our son wanted to participate in, and it has been fantastic watching him, and the other boys, progress so well. Not only does it provide education about different aspects of animals to consider, but it has given the boys great exposure to public speaking and teamwork."

Emma Luscombe, Parent

It is the long-term goal for the team to be showing our own cattle, allowing the boys to have a greater connection with the cattle. The boys would be learning animal handling skills, husbandry and preparation. This will give an opportunity for many of our students to shine by showing their dedication to the competition. By providing opportunities for all boys to succeed in their chosen field, the TGS Show Cattle Team is just one more reason why Toowoomba Grammar School is leading the way in providing a well-rounded boys' education.

Jack Murphy
Show Cattle Team Coordinator


2022 Show Cattle Team



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