North­holm Agri­cul­ture Show Teams

Galston, Glenorie and Hills Rural News - - School News -

It was a week of early starts and late fin­ishes, how­ever the stu­dents of North­holm’s Agri­cul­tural Show Teams took it all in their stride at the Royal Easter Show this year.

It is so im­por­tant that stu­dents con­nect with the process of rais­ing an­i­mals, while, in the process, de­vel­op­ing an ap­pre­ci­a­tion for where their food comes from. Be­ing part of the North­holm’s Agri­cul­ture Pro­gram gives stu­dents the op­por­tu­nity to gain per­spec­tive into what it takes to grow, raise, se­lect and pre­pare an an­i­mal for com­pe­ti­tion and there is no bet­ter com­pe­ti­tion than the Royal Easter Show. Stu­dents see an­i­mals from a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent breeds, and hor­ti­cul­tural pro­duce and district dis­plays, high­light­ing the work of Aus­tralian farm­ers.

North­holm is a reg­is­tered breeder of White Dor­pers (sheep) and en­tered 15 rams and ewes in this year’s Show. The Dor­per Show Team con­sists of stu­dents from Years Seven to Nine who at­tend ses­sions af­ter school when they train, wash, clip and learn how to present the sheep in the ring. They are also as­sisted by Year Eleven Pri­mary In­dus­tries stu­dents who are com­plet­ing their Cer­tifi­cate II in Agri­cul­ture. There was a large con­tin­gent of White Dor­pers at the Show this year with large num­bers in ev­ery class. The stu­dents were re­warded with the fol­low­ing re­sults:

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2nd Place Ram Lambs Teeth

2nd Place Sire’s Prog­eny Group

3rd Place Ram Lambs Teeth

3rd Place Ewe 2/4 Teeth

3rd Place Ewe Lambs Teeth

4th Place Ewe Lambs Teeth

4th Place Ewe Lambs Teeth born Af­ter Au­gust 2017

North­holm has a strong poul­try breed­ing pro­gram fo­cus­ing on rare breeds. Our stu­dents hatch eggs and se­lect the best prog­eny for our breed­ing pro­gram and also for com­pe­ti­tion. The breed­ing pro­gram has been in place for the last three years and this year the Ju­nior Agri­cul­ture Show Team pre­pared a team of chick­ens for en­try into the show and were re­warded with ex­cep­tional re­sults.

• Cham­pion Stan­dard Soft Feather Light

• 1st Place and Best Male, Soft Feather Light – Cock­erel • 2nd Place Soft Feather Light – Cock­erel

• 1st Place and Best Fe­male, Soft Feather Light – Pul­let • 2nd Place Soft Feather Light – Pul­let

• 2nd Place In­dian Run­ner Duck Pair, any colour

The Year Twelve Pri­mary In­dus­tries stu­dents en­tered the School’s Pig Com­pe­ti­tion for the first time with pigs kindly do­nated by the Univer­sity of Syd­ney. Over the course of a term, stu­dents trained, pre­pared and then pre­sented the pigs for com­pe­ti­tion at the Royal Easter Show. The pigs were judged on their weight, pre­sen­ta­tion and tem­per­a­ment. This was a fan­tas­tic ex­pe­ri­ence for stu­dents to gain an in­sight into pig be­hav­iour and what it takes to raise a com­mer­cial pig.

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