Students win national led steer competition
Results of our premier led steer competition
THE North Coast National Led Steer competition is recognised as one the best steer competitions on the east coast of the country.
It always attracts quality steers, making it a difficult competition to compete in.
There were 93 steers in this year’s competition, with 26 steers entered from 10 schools.
All school steers compete in a separate schools competition, where points are allocated for presentation on the hook as well as carcase points.
School steers then compete in the open competition in four different weight divisions.
For the first time in the 15 years, a school steer was placed in the top five of each of the four weight classes.
This is an outstanding achievement given the constraints of preparing steers in a school situation.
The school steers must be owned and prepared by school students at their respective schools.
The schools that achieved recognition and prizemoney include:
■ 220–360kg class: First place, Bonalbo Central School.
■ 361–430kg class: Third place, Murwillumbah High School.
■ 431–480kg class: Second place, St John’s College, Woodlawn, and fifth place Casino High School.
■ 481–550kg class: Fifth place, Alstonville High School.
The top placed schools in the competition were:
■ First: Murwillumbah High School
■ Second: St John’s College
■ Third: Kadina High School
■ First: Murwillumbah High School, with a carcase score of 89.294.
■ Second: St John’s College Woodlawn, with a carcase score of 89.067.
■ Third: Casino High School, with a carcase score of 88.268.
The combined scores for the hoof and hook placings saw St John’s College win the Champion Schools ribbon and trophy for the first time and Kadina High School the Reserve Champion School ribbon.
This competition provides a great learning experience for students where they can follow the process of beef production literally from paddock to plate, with many schools organising barbecues to sample the meat they have produced to find out for themselves what quality meat should taste like.
All steers are prepared by students at their schools and are assessed under the MSA specifications, which ensure a premium quality product.
All schools are to be congratulated for their outstanding results in such a strong competition.
WINNERS: (From left) St John’s ag assistant Craig Fowler, students Georgia Perkins, and Riley and Myles Wellman, and ag teacher Mick Melino after the presentation of prizes.