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Family link draws Kate to Dairy Queen competition

Kate Bevan is a natural fit for the revived Malanda Show Dairy Queen competition.

Not only is Kate a keen supporter of the dairy industry, she’s been going to the show for as long as she can remember and she’s following in the footsteps of her late mother Cherie Bevan (nee Waugh) who was the Dairy Queen in 1983.

The competition was first held in 1972 and folded in 1999 but has been revived for the show’s centenary on July 8-10.

Kate, 20, hopes to put her best foot forward for her family and for the dairy industry.

Nominated by Dairy Australia’s FNQ Young Dairy Network Coordinator Kirsten Veivers and sponsored by LEGENDAIRY, Kate says she feels really honoured that Kirsten asked her. Kate said: “I’ve been around the show for a long time; we’ve been showing cows for close to 20 years.”

Some of Kate’s earliest memories centre on the show.

“I remember wearing little pink gumboots and leading calves when I was three or four,” she said.

Kate will again be showing cows at the centenary show and her father John and brother Henry will have cows for sale.

She’s particularly touched to be following her mother’s legacy.

“We were always impressed with the Dairy Queen competition because mum still had some things around the house from when she won, like the black swan trophy,” Kate said.

Kate is now studying law at Griffith University in Brisbane but returns to the farm near Cairns every holiday and helps out when needed.

“I just spent the morning picking up rocks in two paddocks so dad can plant some seeds,” she said.

The farm has been in the family since 1910. John is a third generation farmer and is now being helped by Henry as they milk about 200 mainly Holstein cows.

Growing up on a dairy farm was perfect for Kate and her seven siblings Henry, Amy, Simon, Lucy, Justin, Aila and Tara. “I loved riding my horses and playing with the calves and cats and dogs,” she said. “You could do whatever you want without fences or cars on the street.”

Now in her third year of study, Kate never misses the Malanda show. “I like the atmosphere of it,” she said. “It’s a fairly small dairy community up here but we all go to the show. It’s hard to keep in contact during the year, but when you go back it’s like you never left. It’s a really good feeling.”

Kate is a big supporter of the Legendairy communications initiative to raise the profile and reputation of the industry and is particularly keen to promote dairy as a healthy and animal-friendly industry.

“Farmers love working with cows,” she said. “They’re always going to take care of their cows because without them they don’t have an income.”

After her five-year course, Kate hopes to give something back to the industry.

“I want to get into insurance and compensation law, especially for farmers to be able to access if they need it,” she said.

“I’d like to give back in some way; farming has given me everything.”

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