FLASHBACK: ‘Smithfield’s Showtime’ and ‘Sapphire’ with students, Proston P-10 principal Samantha Skerritt, Don Madden (Smithfield), ag teacher Katrina Hayward and ag assistant Mikaela Ross last year

May 5, 2021

Proston P-10’s Limousin steer ‘Sapphire’ – one of two steers donated to the school by Smithfield Cattle Co last year – has won an impressive award at Beef 21 in Rockhampton.

Led by Proston student Jessica Jackson, the 473kg ‘Sapphire’ took out the prestigious Ray White Rural Junior Led Steer competition against more than 60 entries from across the State.

Earlier in the day, ‘Sapphire’ won his class while ‘Smithfield’s Showtime’  finished second out of a class of 30.

‘Sapphire’ also won a Grand Champion ribbon at the recent Nanango Show.

Smithfield – which operates a large feedlot just outside Proston – bought the two Limousin steers at a Blue Ribbon sale in Pittsworth and donated them to the school.

‘Smithfield’s Showtime’, a black steer, was purchased from Jen-Daview Limousins in Kingaroy for $4000; while ‘Sapphire’, an apricot-coloured steer, was bought from Cathy Yarnold at Kingsthorpe for $3600.

The Proston P-10 team now plans to enter the steers in the hoof and hook competition at the Brisbane Ekka in August.

Proston P-10’s school team also showed their two steers at the recent Nanango Show with ‘Sapphire’ taking home a Grand Champion ribbon (Photo: Jenny Evans)

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