Steph’ll step up stud beef

The region’s 2023 Rural Ambassador, Stephanie Laycock, is stepping up to the plate as stud beef chief steward for the Esk Show. Picture: JACOB HAYDEN

Esk Show Society has a brand new stud beef chief steward, and she seems pretty excited to tackle the role.

You may know her from High Country Droughtmasters in Eskdale, or perhaps as the Toogoolawah and West Moreton Brisbane Valley Rural Ambassador for 2023.

Now, Stephanie Laycock is stepping up to bring life to Esk Show’s stud beef section.

Ms Laycock said she already had a great deal of experience in the section.

“I’ve helped at plenty of shows with getting cattle ready and I’ve got a few friends who I always help out,” she said.

“I’ve helped run junior cattle camps and been on the committees for shows, drafts, futurities and stuff like that before, but this is the first time I’ve run a section on my own.”

She said the committee was looking for a permanent face for the section.

“They were keen to see someone stepping up to have a go at it as a permanent role,” Ms Laycock said.

“I’m really keen to see what I can do with it and to get involved with the community, but also to make sure the stud beef can continue every year for the Esk Show.”

Ms Laycock is excited to modernise and increase the appeal of the stud beef section.

“For the first year, I’m just keen to get a year under my belt and to work alongside the current show society in general,” she said.

“I’m really keen, next year I’d love to talk to Esk about finding some more sponsorship opportunities and potentially bringing in a more specialised cattle event that’s a bit different to the normal classes.

“I’d love to bring in a class that’s special to the show and to get more competitors in.”

Ms Laycock said she was proud to join the team at Esk Show Society.

“The Esk Show committee works really hard with their events throughout the year so they can cover the cost of the rides for the kids,” she said.

“It’s good to see a committee that works hard throughout the year to ensure a benefit like that for the community.

“Now we’re out of the COVID slump, it’s good to see the communities are able to get back into the local events and have more people come into the competitions.

“There’s bigger opportunities for people to attend the show, so it’s nice to see the local shows getting back on an upwards spike after being quieter for the last couple of years.”

As the region’s Rural Ambassador, Ms Laycock would like to see more young people joining their local shows.

“The next 10 years is when my age group is going to need to step up and start to get involved in local shows and on the committees,” she said.

“The current people running it have been running it for a very long time and it’s getting to the point now where they do need some younger ones to step up and get involved to make sure it can continue into the future.

“If there’s a section of the show you’re already involved in or interested in, there’s always room for someone to be doing ribbons on the day, or someone to help with paperwork behind the scenes.”

Make sure to say hi to Steph on Friday afternoon at the young judges competition, or during the various cattle events on the Saturday.