Dad and daughter team win coveted award
IT'S no bull, you don't need to be a professional grazier to produce prize-winning cattle.
Karrabin electrician Steve Platzer and his 17-year-old daughter Lauren are proof of that.
The father-daughter team, have been raising cattle on their 10ha (25 acre) property for only five years, yet have still managed to produce some of the best livestock in the region.
This month, they were announced as one of the West Moreton Show Society winners for 2013.
The distinction is given to those whose cattle entries have won the most titles at agricultural shows across the West Moreton region.
Steve, 51, and Lauren - a student at West Moreton Anglican College - took out both the Supreme Champion European Bull and Supreme Champion European Breed Exhibit categories. It was the first time the pair had won the competition.
"Our entry for the European Bull, was picked up as a teen from Graham and Kartina Blanch," he said.
"We spent years raising him to be big and fat and obedient to parade to judges.
"It's an expensive hobby to get into, but it's rewarding to be acknowledged with a win like this."
Mr Platzer said the idea to become involved in cattle producing came from his daughter when she was in Year 8.
"She's become very passionate about it. She loves the science behind trying to breed a better animal. Unfortunately she couldn't come to the award presentation because she was doing her QCS test."
West Moreton Show Society secretary of the sub-chamber Valerie Rayner, said winners were based on the results from 10 shows across the region including, Laidley, Esk, Gatton and Boonah.