Ballarat student named champion cattle handler

A Ballarat Grammar student has been named champion cattle parader of Australasia.

Year 12 student Ruby Canning comes from six generations of cattle farming and has been handling cattle all her life.

“We’ve been showing for many, many years,” Ruby said.

“My grandfather passed away in 2012 and he was my inspiration for everything so to continue in his legacy was probably my main aspiration.”

The national championship had the added challenge of handling a cow she had never worked with before. 

“Quite a lot of people don’t understand that it’s actually a connection between you and the animal, many people think it’s something that you can just learn overnight and walk into a ring and lead a cow but there’s a lot of technique you need to know,” she said. 

Ruby has been accepted to New Zealand’s Lincoln University to study agriculture science. 

Champion: Ballarat Grammar School student Ruby Canning won the national championships for beef cattle paraders. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Champion: Ballarat Grammar School student Ruby Canning won the national championships for beef cattle paraders. Picture: Lachlan Bence.

Champion cattle handler Ruby Canning.

Champion cattle handler Ruby Canning.