MEET a school student who can talk cow. No bull.
Nambour High's Jasmine Burr is the first student in the agricultural school's proud 70-year history to win both the handling and judging categories for cattle at the Gatton Show.
On top of that, she won the handling at the state finals and came second in judging cattle.
Now the Year 12 student is preparing to head to the Sydney Royal Easter Show for the national titles next year.
Jasmine's love of animals was nurtured in her pre-school years when she lived on a farm in Bli Bli.
The family moved to Nambour when Jasmine was in Year 2 as she had "learning disabilities".
Those disabilities were quickly overcome and when it came to selecting a high school, Jasmine decided to stay in Nambour so she could be part of the agricultural school.
School liaison officer Melanie Dryden said the school had students compete at a National level years. But to get someone - and a woman at that - to excel in both disciplines was rare.
Jasmine said her secret was she always talked to her animals, but she only told them positive stuff. "With handling, you have to dress it up as best as you can and then hide the faults only you know about," she said. "I talk to them, tell them they're good and pat their neck".
Jasmine's success with animals has opened job avenues.
She has work lined up at the Ekka making sure the animals' hair "stands up like a Mohawk".
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