Farm­ers of the fu­ture

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWSFRONT - HE­LEN KEMP­TON

AN agri­cul­tural show in Tas­ma­nia’s North-West has hit a sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone as the farm­ers of to­mor­row learn the skills of the in­dus­try.

The 25th Sh­effield Ju­nior Cat­tle Han­dling Show of Tas­ma­nia was held yes­ter­day with 57 en­trants in the beef sec­tion and seven in the dairy.

Its an­nual Hoof and Hook com­pe­ti­tion, in which steers are judged stand­ing and af­ter pro­cess­ing at JBS’s Devon­port Abat­toir through the Meat Stan­dards Aus­tralia grad­ing sys­tem, was also held.

Sh­effield School act­ing prin­ci­pal Jamie Skirv­ing said the show was born when a group of par­ents, com­mu­nity mem­bers and the prin­ci­pal of the school at the time, Jim Spinks, saw an op­por­tu­nity to bring the com­mu­nity to­gether to fo­cus on its agri­cul­tural in­dus­try.

Young Charl­ton Skirv­ing was one of the early win­ners on the day, tak­ing out the 9-12-year-old sec­tion.

It was the third show at which the 11-year-old had com­peted and he looked con­fi­dent as he led his 17month-old Sim­men­tal heifer around the ring.

“It’s all about how you han­dle it, how you get the an­i­mal ready and how you present it to the judges,” Charl­ton said. “I will prob­a­bly stay with farm­ing and work­ing with an­i­mals when I am older.”

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