Farmers of the future
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.”